Somali pirates holding five Kenyans, 39 seafarers for ransom, UN chief says

An armed Somali pirate keeping vigil on the coastline near Hobyo, northeastern Somalia on January 4, 2012 while the Greek cargo ship, MV Filitsa, is anchored just off the shore, held by pirates since being captured on November 10, 2009. Five Kenyans are being held by the pirates for ransom. PHOTO | MOHAMED DAHIR | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The Pirates are holding 39 seafarers from foreign-registered vessels as captives, including 26 from an Omani ship, 10 from an Iranian ship and three from a Yemeni vessel.
  • No seafarers from large commercial ships are currently being held by Somali pirates, says the UN leader's report which covers the period ending September 30, this year.

Pirate gangs in Somalia are believed to be holding five Kenyans for ransom, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report issued on Monday.

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