Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker “Aris 13” a vessel of Comoros-flagged. The vessel was carrying oil and was owned by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012.
The ship’s master who said his vessel and crew were being held captive anchored off the coast of north-east Somalia.
The gunmen have however not given any details about the size of the ransom.
The ship was en route from Djibouti to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, when it sent a distress signal, saying it was being approached by high-speed boats.
Pirates Demand Ransom for Hijacked Aris 13 Tanker but they didn’t mention the amount.