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April 6, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
South Korea sent a warship to the Indian Ocean on Monday to pursue Somali pirates who hijacked a U.S.-bound oil tanker in another brazen assault in shipping lanes hundreds of miles off the Horn of Africa. South Korean officials said the hijacked ship, the Samho Dream, is a 300,000-ton tanker, but they gave no indication how much oil was on board when pirates seized the vessel Sunday about 950 miles off the Somali coast. The crew of five Koreans and 19 Filipinos was sailing from Iraq to Louisiana.
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October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, a U.S. official said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't immediately known.
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October 31, 2008 | Abukar Albadri and Edmund Sanders, Sanders is a Times staff writer and Albadri a special correspondent.
Straddling a wooden crate filled with $1 million in cash ransom, a cranky old pirate bellows names from a notebook as his anxious, bleary-eyed minions lean against the stone walls of their cramped hide-out. The grizzled buccaneer, chain-smoking Marlboros as he taps into his calculator, checks the notebook again for outstanding loans or fines before counting out each man's share of the bounty in musty $100 bills paid to release a hijacked Thai ship off the Somali coast.
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January 22, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
South Korean special forces rescued 21 seamen held hostage aboard a freighter seized last week in the Arabian Sea, killing eight Somali pirates in the top secret mission, officials said Friday. The captain of the South Korean chemical carrier Samho Jewelry was shot in the stomach by a pirate during the pre-dawn military raid Friday, but his injuries were not life-threatening, officials said. Five suspected pirates were captured. "Our special forces stormed the hijacked Samho Jewelry earlier today and freed all hostages," said Col. Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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October 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
There have been four failed pirate attacks in the last 24 hours off the Somali coast despite the presence of six American warships guarding a hijacked ship full of weapons, a U.S. Navy spokeswoman said. Cmdr. Jane Campbell, with the 5th Fleet in Bahrain, said three attacks were averted because the vessels escaped at high speed. Another attack was foiled because the pirates were badly prepared: The ladder they had brought to climb onto the ship was too short. The seizure late last month of a Ukrainian ship carrying 33 tanks and weapons has focused international attention on piracy off Somalia.
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April 7, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Pirates seized a British-owned ship after taking three vessels over the weekend, marking a jump in the number of hijackings in the perilous waters off Somalia this year. In the first three months of 2009, only eight ships had been hijacked in the busy Gulf of Aden and the eastern Indian Ocean off the Somali coast, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Last year, heavily armed gangs from the lawless Horn of Africa nation hijacked dozens of vessels, taking hundreds of sailors hostage and obtaining millions of dollars in ransom.
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October 24, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - Two Americans were taken hostage by pirates who attacked their ship off the coast of Nigeria, a U.S. official said Thursday. The captain and chief engineer of the C-Retriever, a U.S.-flagged oil supply ship, were kidnapped in the attack early Wednesday in the Gulf of Guinea, according to news reports. The ship is owned by Edison Chouest Offshore, a maritime company based in Cut Off, La. A company spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The identities of the hostages weren't immediately known.
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September 28, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. destroyer and a Russian warship headed Saturday for a possible confrontation with pirates who hijacked a cargo ship carrying battle tanks, machine guns and a crew of 21. Though pursued by ships from two of the world's biggest naval powers, the pirates showed no sign of surrendering the Ukrainian vessel Faina, which they boarded Thursday off the Somali coast as it headed to Kenya. Instead, according to unconfirmed reports, they were demanding a $35-million ransom to turn over their unconventional booty, which includes 33 Russian-built T-72 tanks.
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January 22, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
South Korean special forces rescued 21 seamen held hostage aboard a freighter seized last week in the Arabian Sea, killing eight Somali pirates in the top secret mission, officials said Friday. The captain of the South Korean chemical carrier Samho Jewelry was shot in the stomach by a pirate during the pre-dawn military raid Friday, but his injuries were not life-threatening, officials said. Five suspected pirates were captured. "Our special forces stormed the hijacked Samho Jewelry earlier today and freed all hostages," said Col. Lee Bung-woo, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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October 25, 2009 | Jason Straziuso
For the first time, sophisticated U.S. military surveillance drones capable of carrying missiles have begun patrolling waters off Somalia in hopes of stemming piracy. Three ships have been seized in a week off Africa's lawless eastern coast and Vice Adm. Robert Moeller, the deputy commander for the U.S. Africa Command, said pirates continue to pose a significant challenge. With the monsoon season now ended, there have been a rash of attacks as pirates return to the open seas. More than 130 crew members from seven ships are currently being held, including about 70 from the latest attacks.
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January 21, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
South Korean special forces launched a dramatic high-seas rescue of 21 seamen hijacked by pirates last week aboard their South Korean-operated freighter in a top-secret operation that killed eight Somali abductors, officials here announced Friday. The skipper of the South Korea chemical carrier Samho Jewelry was also shot in the stomach during the melee in the Arabian Sea but his wounds were not life-threatening, officials said. Five pirates were captured in the predawn military raid.
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April 6, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
South Korea sent a warship to the Indian Ocean on Monday to pursue Somali pirates who hijacked a U.S.-bound oil tanker in another brazen assault in shipping lanes hundreds of miles off the Horn of Africa. South Korean officials said the hijacked ship, the Samho Dream, is a 300,000-ton tanker, but they gave no indication how much oil was on board when pirates seized the vessel Sunday about 950 miles off the Somali coast. The crew of five Koreans and 19 Filipinos was sailing from Iraq to Louisiana.
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October 25, 2009 | Jason Straziuso
For the first time, sophisticated U.S. military surveillance drones capable of carrying missiles have begun patrolling waters off Somalia in hopes of stemming piracy. Three ships have been seized in a week off Africa's lawless eastern coast and Vice Adm. Robert Moeller, the deputy commander for the U.S. Africa Command, said pirates continue to pose a significant challenge. With the monsoon season now ended, there have been a rash of attacks as pirates return to the open seas. More than 130 crew members from seven ships are currently being held, including about 70 from the latest attacks.
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April 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Dutch commandos freed 20 Yemeni hostages and briefly detained seven pirates who had forced the Yemenis to sail a "mother ship" attacking vessels in the Gulf of Aden, NATO officials said. In a separate incident, gunmen from Somalia seized a Belgian-registered ship and its 10 crew members, including seven Europeans, farther south in the Indian Ocean. NATO Lt. Cmdr. Alexandre Fernandes, speaking on board the Portuguese warship Corte-Real, said the 20 fishermen were rescued after a Dutch frigate on a NATO patrol responded to an assault on a Greek-owned tanker by pirates firing assault rifles and grenades.
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April 16, 2009 | Edmund Sanders
The crew of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama was hoping Wednesday to reunite with the captain it heralds as a hero. But after spending a day in the port city of Mombasa, relaxing at a seaside resort, downing beers and swimming in the Indian Ocean, the crew members flew home without their skipper. Once again, it was pirates who spoiled their plans. The Bainbridge, the U.S. Navy destroyer carrying Capt.
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February 6, 2009 | Associated Press
Somali pirates released a Ukrainian freighter carrying heavy arms Thursday and sped away with a $3.2-million ransom as U.S. Navy ships watched, ending a four-month standoff that focused world attention on piracy off Somalia's lawless coast. The Navy said it couldn't seize the bandits for fear of endangering 147 seamen held hostage on other hijacked ships.
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