Somali coastguard in gunfight near hijacked ship

Somali coastguard in gunfight near hijacked shipCoastguards in northern Somalia exchanged gunfire Thursday with armed men aboard a boat heading towards a hijacked oil tanker where pirates are holding eight hostages, an official said. Armed attackers seized the Aris 13 tanker on Monday as it made its way from Djibouti to Mogadishu, the first hijacking of a large merchant vessel by Somali pirates since 2012. “There was a brief exchange of gunfire in the coastal area where the boat is being held,” said Abdirahman Mohamud Hassan, the director general of the Puntland maritime force.

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