(Xinhua) -- One person has died and
four others were injured on Thursday when Puntland forces
engaged in a gun fight with pirates who hijacked a ship in Bari
region of northern Somalia.
Ali Shire Mohamud,
commissioner of Alula district where the ship is being held,
told reporters that the two sides exchanged heavy gunfire in the
morning and at noon.
The confrontation occurred when a boat from the shore tried
to send supply to the pirates holding the ship, Shire revealed
He added that negotiation was ongoing to rescue the hijacked
ship and its crew.
Sources revealed that Puntland maritime forces were among
those injured in the gun battle.
Pirates on Monday hijacked an oil tanker with 8 crew from Sri
Lanka off the coast of Somalia.
The incident came against a backdrop of reduced piracy
activities in Somalia. .
Fighting reported between
Puntland force and Somalia pirates who hijacked ship
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Fighting between Puntland anti-pirate forces and
armed pirates on Thursday broke out in Alula district in Bari
region of northern Somalia.
District Commissioner of Alula Ali Shire Mohamud Osman
confirmed to the media that the confrontation happened.
Puntland authorities said earlier that they will send forces
to the oil tanker kidnapped by pirates at the coast under its
Local media reported there were casualties on the part of the
Puntland forces, but could not identify the number.
It remains early to comment on the situation and the captives
of the ship, but pirates threatened that they will defend
themselves from everyone who attempts to force them.
Pirates argued that they are fighting illegal ships and boats
which are collecting their natural resources, mainly the fish.
Sri Lankan crew members
safe aboard hijacked vessel: official
COLOMBO Sri Lanka (Xinhua) --
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister
Mangala Samaraweeraon said on Thursday that the crew members
aboard the vessel hijacked by Somali pirates docked in the Port
town of Alula were safe.
The official told reporters here that Sri Lanka is in touch
with all necessary sides and keeping a close watch on the
He said the Sri Lankan ambassador to Ethiopia was working
closely with the Somali government and Sri Lanka had been
informed that it was a piracy situation.
Gunmen believed to be Somali pirates hijacked the small oil
tanker Aris 13 on Monday, demanding a ransom to release the ship
and its eight Sri Lankan crew, said the EU Naval Force that
patrols the waters off Somalia.
It is the first ship to be seized since 2012.
The 1,800 deadweight ton Aris 13 is owned by Panama company
Armi Shipping and managed by Aurora Ship Management in the
United Arab Emirates, according to the Equasis shipping data
website, managed by the French transport ministry.
Comoros-flagged tanker 'Aris 13' is being held by Somalia
Somalia pirates detain small oil tanker on heading for Mogadishu