Pirates release hijacked dhow

On March 24th, UKMTO reported that pirates had hijacked a Somali fishing vessel, Casayr II No.30, off Eyl, Puntland, with the intent to use it as a mother ship from which to launch attacks against merchant vessels.

The IMB reports that pirates released 13 Yemeni crew members but kept seven on board, including the Captain, Engineer and Cook on board. The dhow then headed to Banderbeyla, around 100nm North of Eyl to be resupplied by pirates. Eight pirates remained on board, reportedly waiting for heavy weapons to be delivered to the vessel.

On March 26th, UKMTO reported that the dhow was sighted some 70nm off Qalansyia, Socotra Island. The dhow was reportedly released by the pirates who retained one skiff, supplies and fuel before leaving. Their heading and whereabouts are unknown at this time.

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