BOSASSO, Somalia (Reuters) – The crews of two Egyptian fishing vessels have escaped from Somali pirates after overpowering their captors and killing two of them, an associate of the pirates said on Friday.
The kidnappers had held the 34 fishermen hostage since hijacking the Momtaz 1 and Samara Ahmed in April. Gunmen from the failed Horn of Africa state have made tens of millions of dollars in ransoms from attacks in the strategic Gulf of Aden.
An associate of the pirates told Reuters the Egyptians escaped on Thursday after seizing his colleagues’ weapons. Two pirates were killed in a shoot-out, several were captured and one was rescued after being stabbed and thrown into the sea.
— Hassan, Abdiqani. “Egyptian fishermen escape from Somali pirates.” Reuters, 14 August 2009.
And that was just a handful of civilian prisoners.
Imagine what might be possible if, say, the international fleet of the clueless (a.k.a. Combined Task Force 150) actually got permission to hunt down pirates.