Somalia pirates threaten to blow up oil supertanker

Published: April 21, 2010

Somali pirates threatened on Wednesday to blow up a hijacked oil supertanker unless a $20 million ransom was paid and captured a Panama-flagged merchant ship.
South Korea sent a destroyer to intercept the Samho Dream, laden with 2 million barrels of crude oil, and its crew of five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos, after it was seized this month.
“We are demanding $20 million to release the large South Korea ship,” said Hashi, commander of the pirates holding the Singapore-owned vessel.
“The ship and the crew are safe. We know some warships are plotting to attack us, but we are telling them that the ship will be blown up if we are attacked,” he said from the pirate lair of Hobyo.

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