Update: Pirates who seized an Indian cargo dhow with 11 crew members in waters off the Somali coast have taken the vessel to El Hur, near the port of Hobyo in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Galmudug state, a pirate leader told Reuters on Tuesday. The Ministry of External Affairs said that it could not confirm the hijacking.
Aw Kombe also said the pirates were in touch with businessmen in Kismayu over releasing the vessel, Al Kausar.
“The traders want the dhow be released without ransom but my friends say they may not release without at least some cash,” he added. “They are still discussing.”
Mogadishu: An Indian registered cargo dhow, which was hijacked by suspected Somali pirates on April 1, is now in the vicinity of Hobyo, the EU Naval Force said on Monday.
“EU Naval Force can confirm that an Indian registered cargo dhow was seized by suspected pirates on 01 April and is now in the vicinity of Hobyo, Somalia,” a statement on its website said.
This is the first time the force has given a location for the vessel.
“An EU Naval Force maritime patrol aircraft has confirmed the exact location of the dhow and has attempted to establish radio communications but without success,” the statement added.
The ship was travelling to Al Mukala port in Yemen from Dubai. All the crew members on the ship belong to Mandavi in Mumbai. The captain of the ship informed the owner that a skiff had approached them seeking water.
Investigation into the matter is underway.