RT: Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker off the coast of Somalia, the first commercial vessel hijacking since 2012. Somali officials say more than two dozen pirates have boarded a Sri Lankan flagged freighter off the northern coast.
‘Aris 13’ sent out a distress call Monday before its tracking system was turned off and its course was set for the port town of Alula. Pirates in the town confirmed they were expecting the ship, Reuters reported.
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on the hijack, stating that is “taking action to verify the alleged incident, and initial enquiries have revealed that while the vessel involved is not registered under a Sri Lankan flag, it has an eight-member Sri Lankan crew.”