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Pirates seize two boats; world mulls anti-piracy strategy

Somali pirates dodged foreign navies and hijacked another two vessels officials, said on Thursday as international experts sought ways to secure international shipping routes.

world Updated: Dec 11, 2008 23:39 IST

Somali pirates dodged foreign navies and hijacked another two vessels officials, said on Thursday as international experts sought ways to secure international shipping routes.

Somali pirates hijacked two Yemeni fishing boats near the port of Aden on Wednesday, though seven fishermen managed to escape on a smaller boat, maritime officials said.

At least 17 ships are now held by Somali pirates, including an arms-laden Ukrainian cargo and a Saudi-owned super-tanker carrying two million barrels of crude oil.

Addressing the conference, the UN's top envoy for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, called for tough measures against pirates and their backers, and urged greater international to stabilising the country.

Speaking to the conference on Thursday, Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula however warned against quick fixes.

“Don’t engage us simply because you want to offload the pirates,” he said, stressing that countries in the region were the most exposed to the economic impact of piracy.

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