Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pirates anchor supertanker off Somalia

A hijacked supertanker carrying up to $100 million worth of crude oil, the largest vessel seized to date in an escalating regional piracy crisis was believed to have anchored off Somalia on Tuesday.The Sirius Star's crew of 25, including British, Croatian, Polish, Filipino and Saudi nationals, are reported to be safe.The Saudi-owned vessel was seized on Saturday more than 450 nautical miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya in what Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called "an outrageous act." The U.S. Navy said the tanker was now anchored off Haradhere, a village reported to be a piracy hub, 300 kilometres (180 miles) north of Mogadishu.

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