MOGADISHU, Somalia – A hijacked Malaysian-flagged ship that pirates have held off the coast of Somalia since November 2010 sank in rough seas, the European Union Naval Force said Monday, and a pirate commander said the ship had faced mechanical problems.
The European Union Naval Force said in a statement that the whereabouts of 15 crew members aboard the MV Albedo had not been confirmed. However, Hassan Abdi — a pirate commander in Hobyo, a pirate stronghold along central Somalia’s Indian Ocean coastline — told The Associated Press late Monday that at least six pirates and two crew members had been killed.
He said two crew members also were rescued. It was not clear what had happened to the rest of the crew or what their nationalities were.