Pirates attacks will resume if ship owners let their guard down, warn former hostages

DUBAI // Somali pirates would strike again as soon as alert levels decline, as they believe ship owners would eventually scale back their defences, said a former hostage held captive by the pirates for four years.

“We would hear the pirates talk about how the armed guards would be on ships for only two to three years and then they could start capturing ships again,” said Mohammed Bisthamy, 60, an engineer among 11 sailors of the MV Albedo who escaped on June 7.

They were being held captive on shore by a gang of Somali pirates after their vessel sank in July last year.

The Malaysian-flagged cargo ship was hijacked in November 2010 after leaving Dubai’s Jebel Ali port and their captivity was the longest among those held by Somali pirates.

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Source: http://www.thenational.ae


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