Yemen says Somali pirates hijacked one of its fishing boat

November 2, 2009 10:52 pm 

SANAA, Nov. 3 — Somali pirates have recently hijacked a Yemeni fishing boat in the Somali territorial waters after fire exchange that left at least one hijacker dead, Yemeni Interior Ministry reported on Monday.

In a press release posted on its website, the ministry cited the Yemeni Coast-guards as saying that the fishermen on board the boat exchanged fire with the hijackers to defend themselves against violent attack, which led to the death of one hijacker and injury of another.

The fishermen could not escape from the Somali pirates who finally managed to hijack the Yemeni fishing boat along with its crew.

"The hijackers grabbed the fishermen and dragged them into the Somali area of Eyl," said the ministry, adding that the "Yemeni fishermen and their boat are still being held by Somali hijackers at Eyl."

The press release mentioned neither the number of the fishermen and the pirates nor the date and time of the hijacking. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM

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