Strong winds, storms prove troublesome for Somali pirates

Posted: 12/13/2011 in all marine news

JD –

The number of pirate attacks off the Somali coast has declined considerably in recent weeks due to strong winds and storms with pirates reporting that at least six of their groups and six of their boats were lost at sea.

The six pirates groups from Harardheere, Hobyo, Garacad, Bargaal and Ceel Dhanaane area have still not returned from their hijacking missions, according to pirates who spoke to Somalia Report on Sunday.

“Winds and storms greatly affected us.

We were forced to decrease our attacks these days. Six groups of my friends, using six speed boats, have been lost.

We haven’t heard from them in twenty days.

Three groups were from Garacad, Bargaal and Ceel Dhanaane while another three groups were from the Harardhere and Hobyo area,” said Mohamed Ahmed, a pirate in Bari region.

“I don’t know exactly how many pirates went to sea, but they were at least 53 pirates using six speed boats, carrying different weapons and our equipment to hijack vessels,” added the pirate.

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