He thought he was headed for fame and fortune on the silver screen, but when alleged Somali pirate Mohamed "Afweyene" Abdi Hassan arrived at the Brussels airport, he was immediately arrested on kidnapping and hijacking charges.
The Saudi owner of an Algerian ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2011 has admitted paying a ransom of $2.6 million. The crew were released after 10 months when the cash ransom was parachuted to the pirates.
A French oil tanker sailing off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire is suspected of having been hijacked by pirates. The tanker had a crew of 17 on board an there has been no contact with the ship since yesterday.
Somali pirates have captured a Greek-registered oil tanker with 25 men on board off the coast of Oman. The supertanker, Irene SL, has lost all communication with its Greek-based shipping company Enesel.