Pirates Attack Five More Ships Off Somalia

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  11.11.05 | 12:50 PM ET

The bandits are being directed by a “mother ship,” according to today’s Reuters story by Daniel Wallis.

At the center of the wave of recent attacks is a mysterious, so-called mother ship that has been spotted three times since late July drifting off the northeast coast of Somalia.

“We understand that this is the vessel that is launching the speedboats that go to attack the victims,” Mwangura said.

“We are still trying to discover the name of this ship, its owner, its nationality and the identity of the crew on board.”

After the failed raid on the Spirit, Mwangura said the pirates apparently raced back to the “mother ship”, which then set off in an unsuccessful bid to catch the fleeing cruise ship.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said this week the situation was completely out of control and very dangerous.


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