Pirates have hijacked a boat 200 miles off the coast of Somalia.
This is nothing new, of course, 2008 has been a bumper year for piracy. In fact, I blogged about Somali pirates back in April when some muppet thought it would be a good idea to take their million pound yacht to the piracy capital of the world.
This time it’s a bit different, though – it’s not a bored old man and his bit on the side on a million pound yacht, it’s a cargo ship loaded with ammunition, weapons and 32 Ukrainian T-72 tanks headed for Kenya. The pirates are currently en-route to Xarardheere, a fishing village in Somalia that’s used as a base by pirates. They say they want a $35m ransom before they’ll give the ship back.