Five Somalis accused of hijacking a freighter were brought to South Korea on Saturday night on accounts of piracy.
South Korean commandos in the Arabian Sea raided the cargo ship, Samho Jewelery, that had been commandeered earlier this month by the pirates, according to the Associated Press. The ship's crew of 21 had been held hostage during that time and were unharmed upon rescue except for one.
The captain, Seok Hae-gyun, was the only member of the crew that was injured. He is in critical condition following a shot to the stomach by a pirate and was taken to South Korea on Saturday night to undergo surgery.
The five suspects were questioned upon arrival to South Korea by coast guard investigators. The suspects facing charges of hijacking the ship, requesting a ransom and attempting to kill the captain. The coast guard will continue to question the suspects for 10 days before handing them over to South Korean prosecutors.
Eight of the 13 pirates on board were killed; the remaining five are the current suspects. They claim to have no involvement in the kidnapping.
The Arabian Sea, particularly the Gulf of Aden right off the coast of Somalia, has been a frequent area for piracy. According to BBC News, 49 ships were hijacked in 2010, with a reported 31 being held by Somali pirates.