(Xinhua) -- Pirates in Somalia’s
Indian Ocean are reported to have captured a commercial vessel,
the first since 2012 raising fears of a possible resurgence of
piracy in the Indian Ocean waters off Somalia.
government official in Puntland region who declined to be named
confirmed the incident Tuesday to Xinhua, noting the vessel was
heading from Djibouti en route to Mogadishu before the pirates
"I can confirm to you the vessel is under the control of the
"We have information it is from United Arab Emirates.
"We are still following up on the development," the official
The development raises fears over possible return of piracy
off the coast of Somalia almost five years after international
interventions led to a decline and stop of capture of ships.
A report by the campaign watchdog, Secure Fisheries in 2015
warned of possible return of piracy following what it termed as
increased illegal and unregulated fishing in Somali waters.
Local fishermen, the report noted, were getting a fraction of
the fish while illegal foreign trawlers were making away with
thousands of tonnes of fish.
Somali pirates suspected of first ship
hijacking since 2012