US warships monitoring hijacked Japanese tanker off Somalia

Northeast Intelligence Network’s Sean Osborne is keeping an eye on this one. He’s learned that the ship carries a cargo of benzene, which make sinking the vessel problematic. The terrorists, according to Osborne, have rigged the ship to explode. — PID

October 31, 2007

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) — US warships are monitoring a Japanese tanker which was hijacked by pirates last weekend off the coast of Somalia, a piracy watchdog said Wednesday.

“The pirates are still in control of the ship. They are believed to be armed,” Noel Choong, the head of the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB’s) Malaysia-based Piracy Reporting Centre, told AFP. Full Report