Pirates threaten to kill 26 Bangladeshis on board hijacked ship
Somali pirates threatened of killing 26 Bangladeshis on board hijacked
Bangladeshi-flagged ship MV Jahan Moni if owner of the ship fails to pay
the ransom by Thursday, local media reported on Thursday.
Saturday, 05.Feb.2011, 00:00 (GMT+3)
Somali pirates threatened of killing 26 Bangladeshis on board hijacked Bangladeshi-flagged ship MV Jahan Moni if owner of the ship fails to pay the ransom by Thursday, local media reported on Thursday.
Some of the kidnapped crews conveyed the information to their panicky families in Bangladesh over phone on Wednesday night, leading English newspaper The Daily Star reported Thursday on its website.
Shahrier Rabbi, engineer cadet of the hijacked ship, told his mother over phone that the pirates threatened to kill all of them if the ship owner fails to meet the demand by Thursday
The family members Thursday morning rushed to the owner company SR Shipping Limited in Chittagong, 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, and conveyed the information to officials
Terming the threat as a "strategy to create pressure", managing director of SR Shipping Limited Mohammad Shahjahan said, "We are continuing communication with the pirates and the negotiation is in the final stage."
The official expressed hope that the issue will be settled in a week and it will take 10 to 12 days for the crews to return Bangladesh maintaining all the procedures.
Somali pirates hijacked the ship on Dec. 5, 2010 from the Arabian Sea as the ship was heading towards Europe with cargo from Singapore after a long chase. The Bangladeshi government on Dec. 6 sought international help for rescuing the hijacked ship.
Later the pirates took the ship, which was carrying 43,150 tons of nickel, to the Somali coast on Dec. 11.