Crew of MT Liquid Velvet kill pirate captors ? Rumors fly within pirate circles

Posted: 11/09/2011 in all marine news

Mohamed Odowa –

Claims that at least six Somali pirates were killed and three others were captured by the crew of the Greek owned MT Liquid Velvet chemical tanker which was hijacked last week, are up for debate due to infighting among pirates, according to several pirates who spoke to Somalia Report.

“Six of our colleagues were killed by the hostages who escaped while the ship was coming to the coastal city of Harardhere in Mudug region.

We will retaliate against our enemy,” said Abdi, a pirate.

Abdi explained that the fighting broke out when the pirates were trying to search the pockets of the crew.

Dahir Aden Shuriye, who claimed to be a relative of one of the dead pirates, confirmed the incident and told Somalia Report that the ship signaled NATO a few minutes after the clash ended.

Mohamed Ahmed, a pirate source, disputes the claims and said no fight broke out and that the pirates were chewing khat, a stimulant herb, when they spoke to Somalia Report, suggesting that the pirates were impaired.

Mohamed Ahmed also said that a number of pirates in the Harardere and Garacad area made up the rumor after Aw-kombe’s group, the pirate group holding the vessel, refused their request to join in the ransom.

“There was no clash on the vessel. My friends were eating khat. It is propaganda.

After the vessel was hijacked our friends first anchored off Murcayo in Bargaal area and finally we moved it to Garacad – the vessel and her crew are now Garacad,” said Mohamed Ahmed.

Ali, a pirate on the vessel and the third officer of Aw-Kombe’s pirate group, confirmed Mohamed’s claim.

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