Somali maritime forces and pirates on board a hijacked oil tanker have started shooting at each other, according to reports.
The oil tanker (Aris-13) is anchored off the Somali coast near the town of Alula. An official said “We tried to intercept a boat that was carrying supplies to the pirates, but pirates on the ship fired on us and so the pirate boat escaped.”
A pirate named Abdulaahi is claiming have killed a member of marine force and injured another. This is the first hijacking in the region for five years, and maritime experts have accused ship owners of becoming complacent after a long period of calm.
By kaiyang 7S