‘Huge Explosion’ Heard from Ship Off the Coast of Somalia

BOSASSO, Somalia, June 27 (Reuters) - A huge explosion was heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia's Puntland region late on Monday and flames were seen rising from what might be a foreign vessel, an official in a nearby port said. "We heard (a) huge explosion and (saw) flame rising from the ship. I believe that the ship is foreign," Ali Shire, mayor of Puntland's port … [Read more...]

No U.S. Military Response To Surge In Piracy, Says Mattis

By Idrees Ali (Reuters) The United States is closely watching a recent increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. military official said on Sunday as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited an important military base in Djibouti. The rise in piracy attacks has at least partially been driven by famine and drought in the region, the top U.S. military commander … [Read more...]

Weapons And Anger Ignite New Wave Of Piracy

By Abdiqani Hassan (Reuters) A volatile buildup of weapons and resentment along the northern Somali coast culminated in the hijack of an oil freighter this week, the first such seizure by Somali pirates since 2012, experts and locals told Reuters on Wednesday. Gunmen hijacked the Aris 13, a small oil tanker, on Monday and are demanding a ransom to release the ship and its … [Read more...]

Australian Navy Seizes Huge Weapons Cache Off Somalia

NAIROBI, March 7 (Reuters) - An Australian Navy ship has seized a huge cache of weapons near Oman's coast from a fishing vessel bound for Somalia, the navy said on Monday, exposing a possible violation of a U.N. Security Council arms embargo. The United Nations has a decades-long arms embargo in place against Somalia, which has been mired in conflict since civil war broke … [Read more...]