Sri Lankan diplomats in talks with Somali authorities to determine whereabouts of vessel, six crew members suspected of being kidnapped by pirates
“Sri Lanka’s diplomats are talking with Somali authorities trying to ascertain the whereabouts of a fishing vessel and its six crewmembers suspected of being abducted by Somali pirates two days ago,” officers stated on January 29.
The obvious abduction got here two weeks after Sri Lanka stated it will be a part of a U.S.-led operation to guard service provider vessels crusing within the Red Sea in opposition to assaults by Yemen-based Houthi rebels. Other suspected hijackings in waters off Somalia have raised concern that Somali pirates have resumed exercise, a decade after they brought on chaos in worldwide transport.
The hijacking of the Sri Lankan vessel occurred in worldwide waters about 840 nautical miles (1,555 km) east of Somalia, 1,100 nautical miles (2,040 km) from Sri Lanka and north of Seychelles, based on Sri Lankan navy spokesman Capt. Gayan Wickramasuriya.
“So far, we have no communication with them or no details on the whereabout of them,” he stated.
The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry stated it was working to acquire the discharge of the fishermen. “Sri Lanka ambassadors in the African region have already established contacts with Somalian authorities to get the fishermen and trawler released as soon as possible,” Ministry spokesman Niluka Kadurugamuwa stated.
On Saturday, an armed group arrived in an space the place about 30 Sri Lankan vessels had been fishing.
“Two to three armed men who had arrived in a 23-metre (75-foot) vessel boarded the fishing trawler, fired shots apparently to warn away the other fishing boats and took away the fishing trawler and the fishermen,” stated Susantha Kahawatta, a prime official within the Fisheries Department, including that each one the small print of the kidnapping had been offered by fishermen within the different trawlers. The different fishermen recognized the attackers as Somali.
Sri Lanka’s navy stated two weeks in the past it will present a ship to guard service provider ship site visitors, however the date hasn’t been set and the realm Sri Lanka will patrol is not finalised.