Somali hijackers have international network

In an exclusive interview with the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, a negotiator for the pirates holding the Saudi supertanker Sirius Star off the Somali coast disclosed how some 40 hijackers seized control of the vessel.Among other things, the negotiator said that the hijackers’ “love” for Saudi Arabia–because it is a Muslim country–would reduce the ransom. He also disclosed that the pirates have help from informants in other countries who provide them with data about ships and their movements.The negotiator, who spoke by telephone and identified himself as Jami Adam, said that discussions were continuing with the owners of the Saudi tanker. “Th...

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