Somali pirates seize Panama-flagged vessel as 24 killed in battle - Daily Nation

Somali pirates seize Panama-flagged vessel as 24 killed in battle

Wednesday June 2 2010

NAIROBI, Wednesday

Somali pirates today seized a Panama-flagged cargo ship and in a separate incident the crew of a captured Libyan vessel regained control of it, killing some bandits, the EU’s anti-piracy taskforce said.

EU NAVFOR said a US warship had seen at least one person with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher on board the MV QSM Dubai after it was raided in the Gulf of Aden. It said the crew were from Egypt, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ghana.

Transit corridor

The 15,220 deadweight tonne vessel was seized inside the internationally recommended transit corridor and had come from Brazil. It was not immediately clear what cargo the MV QSM Dubai was carrying.

Meanwhile, Fighting in two central Somali towns left least 24 people dead and 50 wounded as rebels clashed with a pro-government militia, a rights group said today.

The moderate Ahlu Sunna Waljamaca group that is aligned with President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed’s weak UN-backed administration fought with al Shabaab insurgents in Marergur and Gadon towns in the Galgadud region on Tuesday.

“At least 24 people died and 50 more were wounded, mostly combatants, in the long hours of fighting,” said Ali Yasin Gedi, vice chairman of the Mogadishu-based Elman rights group.

“Civilians fled to bush areas, some were barefoot with no belongings.” (Reuters)