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Latest piracy news (December 30, 2011)

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Another Italian freighter heads for Somalia

(December 27) An Italian freighter was captured Tuesday, around 5 am, by pirates 50 miles off the coast of Oman (18° north, 57° east). L'Enrico Ievoli has 18 crew members on board: 6 Italians, 5 Ukrainians and 7 Indians. It was transporting 16.000 tonnes of caustic soda from the United Arab Emirates to Turkey and headed for Somalia. The commander of the tanker, A. Musameci, was able to raise the alarm, confirming the hostage-taking but wanting to "reassuring about the conditions of the crew, then the phone was cut “says the Italian press.

Alert in the Arabian Sea between Oman and Iran

(December 27) The area located 600 miles from the Somali coast is the subject of a warning bulletin from the multinational anti-piracy forces. Activity by a pirate group has been spotted for several days in the Arabian Sea, in the area between Oman and Iran. On Christmas Day, a merchant ship was the target of a pirate attack, carried out by 3 pirate skiffs, approximately… 30 miles off the coast of Iran (24° North, 60° East).

Puntland police arrest 43 suspects

(December 24) Puntland police arrested 43 piracy suspects in operations in the village of Garacad, according to officials in the autonomous Somali republic. They benefited in particular from the assistance of “elders”, reports the online newspaper Somalia Report. The police announced that after ejecting the pirates from the Jariban and Garacad district, they intend to clear Ceel Dhanaane, also known as one of the main haunts of the pirates. “ The police have eradicated the pirates from Jariban and Garacad district, and in the coming days, the police will clean up Ceel Dhanaane and with the help of its residents eliminate the pirates. We demonstrate that Puntland has the will and is ready to fight pirates in all regions a Somali police officer, Abshirayto, told Somalia Report.

The Savina Caylyn MV Released

(December 21) Just before Christmas, the crew of 22 sailors of the Italian ship Savina Caylyn (5 Italians, 17 Indians) were released against a ransom of $11,5 million according to information collected by Reuters. The ransom was paid in two installments and dropped by plane – according to the usual practice – but in two installments. At the first reception, the Indian hostages were delivered; and the Italians on the second drop. This 266 meter long tanker, belonging to the Fratelli D'Amato group, was captured almost a year ago (February 8, 2011) off the coast of India, approximately 360 miles from the Lakshadweep Islands.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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