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Jubbaland police arrest four suspected pirates in Lower Jubba region

Monday May 6, 2024

Kismayo (HOL) - Jubbaland State police forces have arrested four suspected pirates, reportedly planning attacks on ships in Somali waters following a security operation near Kismayo town.

The operation took place approximately 70 km south of the coastal town of Kismayo, the interim capital of Jubbaland State. Two suspects managed to escape during the operation.

The commander of the police department of Lower Jubba, Major Sadiq Mohamud, stated that they have obtained a list of people involved in financing piracy activities intended for execution in Jubbaland. He added that the arrested men planned to hijack ships and boats carrying goods in Jubbaland areas.

A few days ago, Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF) seized illegal weapons and dismantled a network of suspected pirates operating from the coastal district of Eyl, known as a strategic base for launching attacks on international shipping.

According to the PMPF statement on Friday, regional state authorities are actively seeking the pirates involved in the MV Abdullah hijacking, a Bangladeshi-flagged cargo ship released by Somali pirates last month following weeks of negotiations and a $5 million ransom payment.


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