Somali Pirates

  • Indian Coast Guard rescues fishermen left stranded by Somali pirates June 26, 2013

    Kochi: The Indian Coast Guard has rescued 16 people who were stranded at sea off the coast of the Lakshadweep islands after their fishing vessel was allegedly looted by Somali pirates. The rescued crew include 13 Iranians and 3 Pakistani nationals. The rescued people are being given relief and medical...
  • 13 Indian sailors return home, eight others still in Somali pirates' captivity March 18, 2013

    Eight Indian sailors of the Asphalt Venture and the Al Bedo are still waiting for a solution. ...
  • Rescued Indian sailor accuses the government of apathy March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The wait is finally over for most of the Indian sailors of vessel ships Royal Grace and Smyni. Thirteen of the 28 Indian seafarers rescued from Somali pirates after their vessels were hijacked in 2012 has reached India on Monday. Expressing happiness to have finally reached home after a...
  • Rescued Indian sailor says 'Govt didn't help us' March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: The wait is finally over for most of the Indian sailors of vessel ships Royal Grace and Smyni. One of the 28 Indian seafarers rescued from Somali pirates after their vessels were hijacked in 2012 has reached India on Monday. Expressing happiness to have finally reached home after a...
  • 6 Indian sailors rescued from Somali pirates to return today March 18, 2013

    New Delhi: Six of the 28 Indian seafarers rescued from Somali pirates after their vessels were hijacked in 2012 will reach India on Monday. Seventeen Indian seafarers on board the MT Royal Grace have been in captivity of pirates since March 2, 2012 and 11 Indian seafarers on board MT...
  • Indians rescued from Somali pirates to return on Monday March 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Most of the 28 Indian seafarers rescued from Somali pirates after their vessels were hijacked in 2012 are returning to India on Monday. Seventeen Indian seafarers on board the MT Royal Grace have been in captivity of pirates since March 2, 2012 and 11 Indian seafarers on board...
  • 28 Indian sailors freed by Somali pirates March 9, 2013

    Mumbai: Twenty eight Indian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates have been released. The sailors were on board two ships Merchant Tanker Royal Grace and Merchant Tanker Smyrni and 17 were on board the MT Royal Grace and 11 were on board the MT Smyrni. The Indian sailors have been released...
  • Five MV Iceberg sailors return home, wait for one continues December 31, 2012

    Mumbai: Five sailors of the longest held ship by Somali pirates for 33 months, MV Iceberg, have finally returned to their families. But the wait continues for Dheeraj Tiwari's family. As hope started fading, suddenly came miraculous rescue and an emotional homecoming for five of the six Indian sailors taken hostage...
  • MV Iceberg sailor Dhiraj Tiwari's family awaits his release December 30, 2012

    After spending 33 months in captivity, five Indian sailors of the MV Iceberg have returned home. However, one sailor Dhiraj Tiwari has still not been freed. ...
  • Indian government helped us: Freed MV Iceberg sailors December 30, 2012

    After spending 33 months in captivity, five Indian sailors of the MV Iceberg have returned home. ...
  • MV Iceberg: Freed Indian sailors return home December 29, 2012

    New Delhi: After nearly 32 months of being held captive on board the cargo ship MV Iceberg, five Indians sailors released by Somali pirates returned home on Saturday. Among those who were released due to India's efforts were two Pakistani sailors who were dropped off the Oman coast. The rescued sailors...
  • Freed MV Iceberg sailors to reach India today December 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Six Indian sailors freed by Somali pirates after more than two and a half years of captivity are to reach India on Saturday evening. According to official sources Friday, the six Indians were among 22 sailors on board cargo ship MV Iceberg, which was freed by the pirates just...
  • Photos of sailors rescued from Somali pirates released December 28, 2012

    New Delhi: The government has released pictures of the MV Iceberg sailors, who were held hostage for 32 months by Somali pirates, after the cargo ship was rescued last week. The pictures show six sailors from India along with sailors from other countries including Pakistan. Official sources have said the Indian...
  • Somali pirates release MV Iceberg, 6 Indian hostages December 23, 2012

    New Delhi: After nearly 32 months, Somali pirates on Sunday released MV Iceberg along with six Indian sailors who were on board. This comes 11 months after 17 Indian sailors were freed on January 10, 2012 by Somali pirates. The number of hijackings has significantly reduced in the last few months. Taken...
  • 7 sailors held in captive by pirates seek help from govt October 6, 2012

    Taken hostage by Somali pirates two years ago, the sailors have now sent a message to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh via YouTube saying they are unwell and desperate to return home. Their families too are crying out for help. ...
  • 7 Indian sailors held captive by pirates seek help October 6, 2012

    Mumbai: A dramatic new video that captures the plight of seven Indian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates has surfaced. After two years in captivity, seven Indian sailors continue to remain in captivity onboard merchant vessel MV Asphalt Venture. The sailors have issued a desperate appeal to the Indian government through...
  • Sailor in captivity: Centre asked to act July 6, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala High Court on Friday directed the Centre to inform it of the steps being taken to rescue a sailor who has been held hostage by Somali pirates since September 2010. Sailor TB Unnikrishnan was the Second Officer of MT Asphalt Venture, that was hijacked by pirates on...
  • Somali leader backs Indian action against pirates May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Against the backdrop of Somali pirates currently holding over 60 Indian sailors as hostages, the African country's Puntland state has backed military operations to rescue them and to fight piracy, even as its President Abdirahman Mohammed Mohamud Farole is in India to work out a naval capacity building...
  • Liberian vessel hijacked, 11 Indians on board May 12, 2012

    Mumbai: Suspected Somali pirates have struck again. Liberian oil tanker MT Smymi has been hijacked by the suspected pirates off the coast of Oman. Eleven Indians were among the crew members being held captive. The oil tanker was a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) and was carrying 1,35,000 tonnes of oil....
  • Somali pirates release MT Enrico, 7 Indians freed April 25, 2012

    Mumbai: An Italian vessel captured by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman in December with 18 crew members, including seven Indians, has been released. MT Enrico Ievoli, hijacked on December 27, has been released by the pirates, the Director General of Shipping said in a statement in Mumbai on Tuesday. The...
  • Is govt indifferent to the plight of sailors held hostage? April 9, 2012

    The Somali pirates have hijacked a merchant oil tanker, MT Royal Grace, with 17 Indians on board. ...
  • Pirates strike again, govt remains helpless April 9, 2012

    Mumbai: There seems to be no end to the plight of Indian sailors. In the latest case, the Somali pirates have hijacked a Nigeria-bound vessel with 17 Indians among the 22 taken hostage. The incident took place on March 2. The families of the sailors have not been able to establish...
  • Pirates hijack vessel with 17 Indians on board April 9, 2012

    Mumbai: Somalian pirates have hijacked a Dubai-owned Nigeria-bound vessel and taken 22 crew members including 17 Indians hostage. The MT Royal Grace, a chemical tanker was hijacked on March 2 after it set off from a Sharjah port for Nigeria. Three Nigerians, one Pakistani and a Bangladeshi are also on board the...
  • MV Iceberg: 2 years on, Govt yet to take action March 30, 2012

    New Delhi: It has been exactly two years since the day the MV Iceberg-I was hijacked and its crew were taken hostage. The hapless parents of Dhiraj Tiwari, one of the six Indian sailors taken hostage aboard MV Iceberg-I, say they have met almost all the powers-that-be over the issue...
  • Kerala: Long wait for justice for sailors' families March 26, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: The families of seven Indian sailors, on board 'MV Asphalt Venture' that was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2010, are wondering why the Indian government is taking so long to secure the release of the sailors. Some of them are to accompany Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy when he...
  • MV Iceberg: Ship owner-pirates negotiations fail January 5, 2012

    Mumbai: The agony continues for families of the six Indians held hostage by Somali pirates for two years now. Negotiations between the owner of MV Iceberg and the pirates have failed. Government sources have told CNN-IBN that they are not only considering to facilitate a meeting of the families with the...
  • Somali pirates seize Italian ship with 7 Indians December 28, 2011

    Mumbai: Suspected Somali pirates on Tuesday hijacked an Italian cargo vessel with 18 crew, including seven Indian seafarers, off the coast of Oman. The Italy-flagged MT Enrico Ievoli with 15000 mt of caustic soda on board was hijacked at 0403 hours GMT (0933 IST) by the pirates, a statement issued late...
  • Somali pirates jailed for 10 years in Yemen November 20, 2011

    Sana'a: A Yemeni criminal court has sentenced 10 Somalis to 10 years in prison after convicting them of piracy in Yemen's territorial waters, the state-run Saba news agency reported. The court based in Mukalla, the provincial capital city in Yemen's southeast province of Hadramout, said that the convicts were arrested while...
  • IBSA Summit: PM to bring up piracy issue October 18, 2011

    Pretoria: The Prime Minister's, who has gone to Pretoria to attend the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit, is expected to bring up the issue of Somali pirates - and ask for more help from South Africa to try and tackle the menace that hits several Indian ships and sailors. MEA spokesman...
  • British, US forces storm hijacked ship off Somalia October 12, 2011

    Rome: British and the US forces on Tuesday stormed an Italian cargo ship in the Indian Ocean in an operation to free the crew including six Indians that was hijacked by Somali pirates on Monday, an Italian defense ministry spokesman said. The 11 pirates who hijacked the Montecristo have all been...