Somali pirates demand ransom for hijacked oil tanker

March 15 (UPI) — Pirates who hijacked an oil tanker in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia are demanding ransom for the crew’s release, the European Union anti-piracy naval force said Wednesday.

The size of the ransom was not revealed, said the EU force that contacted the ship’s master.

Aris 13 carried eight crew members from Sri Lanka, according to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The vessel contained oil and was owned by the United Arab Emirates.

The tanker was en route from Djibouti to Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

 

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