$20 Million Ransom Demanded from Somali Pirates
A Somali pirate informed The Associated Press Sunday that a $20 million ransom was demanded by his group for the release of a cargo ship packed with Russian tanks and weapons, according to FOX News.
The pirate warned the AP â€śthat they would fight to the death if any country tried military action to regain the ship,â€? an ABC News article said.
One crew member died Sunday due to hypertension said a man who identified himself as the shipâ€™s captain, Victor Nikolsky, said an MSNBC report.
The pirates took over Faina, the Ukrainian-run ship, off the coast of Somalia Thursday. The ship was not far from its Kenyan destination, Lt. Col. Konstantin Sadilov, Ukrainian defense spokesman said in a CNN report.
Pirate attacks have increased worldwide this year, with 24 reported in Somalia alone, the International Maritime Bureauâ€™s records reveal, according to the MSNBC article.