MOMBASA, Kenya – Somali pirates fired grenades and automatic weapons at an American freighter loaded with food aid but the ship managed to escape the attack and was heading Wednesday to Kenya under U.S. Navy escort, officials said.One of the greatest thieves (I ever met) use to justify her thievery by suggesting - if the owners didn’t want their property stolen it should not be left out on the shelves…something tells me the Somalian pirates have a touch of the same attitude.
Despite President Barack Obama's vow to halt their banditry, and the deaths of five pirates in recent French and U.S. hostage rescue missions, brigands seized four vessels and over 75 hostages off the Horn of Africa since Sunday's dramatic rescue of an American freighter captain.
One pirate declared Wednesday they are grabbing more ships and hostages to prove they are not intimidated by Obama's pledge. "Our latest hijackings are meant to show that no one can deter us from protecting our waters from the enemy because we believe in dying for our land," Omar Dahir Idle told The Associated Press by telephone from the Somali port of Harardhere. (Yahoo News)
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I realize it’s all the rage in some circles to paint Somalian pirates as a kind of environment Robin Hoods but does an attempted hijacking of a food aid convoy really qualify?