Somali Standoff Continues as Nations Move to Fight Piracy

EU plans force to combat maritime criminals, who took $30M in ransom in '08
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 2, 2008 11:00 AM CDT
Unidentified personnel are observed aboard the pirated merchant vessel MV Faina by the crew of a US Navy ship.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – With pirates still holding a munitions-laden ship off Somalia’s coast, the European Union plans a security force to crack down on maritime crime in the area, the BBC reports. The US Navy has surrounded the MV Faina to ensure the weapons aboard are not given to terrorists, and Somalia has authorized use of force to regain control of the ship. Meanwhile piracy in the area has netted some $30 million in ransom this year, the AP adds.