Almost two months ago we reported on the hijacking of a Saudi-owned oil tanker by Somali pirates. Yesterday the owners of the ship paid a ransom of $3 million — reputedly dropped by parachute —and the pirates finally departed.
And today comes word of divine justice at work: six pirates drowned on their way home, and their share of the booty — $300,000 — went to the bottom with them.
According to Al Jazeera:
Somali pirates drown with ransom
Six members of a group of Somali pirates who hijacked and later released a Saudi-owned oil tanker are reported to have drowned along with their share of a $3m ransom.
The pirates were among eight men whose boat overturned off the coast of Kenya in a storm as they left the Sirius Star following a two-month standoff that ended on Friday, a pirate and a relative of one of the dead men said.
“Six of our boys perished at the sea while coming from the released Saudi supertanker,” Mohamed Said told the AFP news agency.
“The small boat that was carrying those killed and eight who survived was overloaded and at high speed, we have been told by the survivors.
“They were afraid of a chase from outsiders [foreign naval forces] who invaded Somalia waters,” he said.
The group’s $300,000 share of the ransom was also lost, he said.
Three pirates reached shore after swimming for several hours, pirate Daud Nure said on Saturday.
“There has been human and monetary loss but what makes us feel sad is that we don’t still have the dead bodies of our relatives. Four are still missing and one washed up on the shore,” Abukar Haji, the uncle of one of the dead men, said.
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The Sirius Star, owned by the shipping arm of oil giant Aramco, was carrying crude oil valued at $100m when it was hijacked on November 15.
Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali Naimi said on Saturday that the crew was safe and returning to the Gulf coast city of Dammam.
Presumably the motto of the Somali pirates (just as for all Muslims) is “inshallah”, “if Allah wills it.”
So what message is being delivered here — when Allah causes six honest hard-working pirates to sleep with the fishes?
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