Somali pirates claim to kill hostage
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali pirates who have been holding a hijacked ship for nearly two years killed a Syrian hostage crew member and wounded another to protest a delayed ransom payment, a pirate leader said.
This is believed to be the first time Somali pirates have killed a hostage because of a delay in ransom.
Hassan Abdi, a pirate commander in Haradhere town, a key pirate center, said that the killing on Wednesday was a message to the owners of the ship MV Orna, hijacked 400 miles northeast of the island nation of the Seychelles in December 2010.
“The killing was a message to the owners of the ship who paid no heed to our ransom demands,” Abdi said by telephone.
Article courtesy of NBC News.