Pirates who seized a Saudi supertanker and its crew have demanded a $25 million ransom from its owners within 10 days, reports the Guardian. The Sirius Star, which is carrying 2 million barrels of oil, is one of an astounding 17 ships being held by pirates off the coast of Somalia.
"We do not want long-term discussions to resolve this matter," declared a a pirate chieftain calling himself Mohammed Said. "The Saudis have 10 days to comply, otherwise we will take action that could be disastrous." Sinking the vessel could release the oil and trigger an environmental disaster along the Somalia coast.