Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel


    Somali pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel May 23 to use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, said Ali Shire, the mayor of Haabo in the northern semi-autonomous region of Puntland, Reuters reported.

    Crews have let security procedures slip in recent years and travel far closer to pirate-infested shores than authorities recommend, shipping sources say. The pirate gangs launch small, fast skiffs from bases on shore to try hijack vessels.

    “A group of Somali pirates captured an Iranian fishing vessel and are using it as a mother ship in order to hijack (other) ships,” the mayor told Reuters.