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Tanzania arrests five suspected pirates near major gas fields where major discoveries were made

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by nngu007, Apr 24, 2012.

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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:17am GMT

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    * Suspects found with machine guns, ladder to board vessels
    * Spanish vessel arrests 7 other pirates on mother ship

    DAR ES SALAAM, April 20 (Reuters) - Tanzania has arrested five suspected Somali pirates on an island close to its natural gas reserves in the southern part of the east African country, the army said on Friday.

    Tanzania's coastline is fast becoming a major gas hub with major discoveries made there.

    "The Tanzanian navy arrested the pirates in their skiff on April 18 near the Songsongo gas fields. Each of the five pirates was found in possession of a sub-machine gun," Tanzanian army spokesman Kapambale Mgawe said.


    "The pirates arrested in Tanzania were in close communication with a mother ship that has seven more pirates. A Spanish vessel has managed to arrest the pirates on this mother ship and they are being brought to Tanzania today for custody."


    Mgawe said the mother ship used by the pirates was formerly a Sri Lankan fishing vessel with six crew members on board.


    "The Tanzanian navy has been conducting regular patrols to ensure Somali pirates do not enter our territorial waters from deep seas to carry out attacks," he said.


    Last October, Tanzania arrested seven suspected Somali pirates following an attack on an oil and gas exploration ship operated by Brazilian petroleum company Petrobras off the coast of the country.


    And last year, it ordered its army to escort ships searching for oil and gas off its coast to protect them from pirates, who are believed to be targeting expatriate workers on exploration ships.


    East Africa's second-biggest economy has licensed at least 18 international companies to look for offshore and onshore energy reserves.


    The arrest of the five suspects brings to 23 the total number of pirates arrested in Tanzania following attacks in its Indian Ocean territorial waters in the past few years.



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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    This will bring a lot of problems to Tanzania Exports, we need to have the Speedy Military boats to chase the pirates out and if possible to find a way to prosecute them through UN Mandate
     
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    dotto JF-Expert Member

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    shida kubwa ni hizo UN mandate au law. Kifungo chao sio zaidi ya mwaka 1, unawasafirisha hadi kwao. Then jamaa lazima wanaendelea na mchezo xao
     
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    Lyceum JF-Expert Member

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    Had it been the internal pirates in our ministries that would make my day.
     
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    Papa1 JF-Expert Member

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    Is there any need 2 report this 2 the public! the easy way is 2 allow the army to execute them in the deep sea and throw them right there instead of briging them here. We make ourselves vanerable to al shabaab because they would need to rescure their combatants, further more it is costly to keep them here!
     
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    Papa1, wewe chiboko.
    But, you are right.

    However, utajuaje kama wanafanya kazi kama hawaleta hapa?
     
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