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$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 “that they would fight to the death if any country tried military action to regain the ship,� an ABC News article said.

One crew member died Sunday due to hypertension said a man who identified himself as the ship’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 Bureau’s records reveal, according to the MSNBC article.