1 dead, 4 injured as pirates clash with Somalia’s Puntland forces

One person died and four others were injured on Thursday when Puntland forces engaged in a gun fight with pirates who hijacked a ship in Bari region of northern Somalia.

Ali Shire Mohamud, commissioner of Alula district where the ship is being held, told reporters that the two sides exchanged heavy gunfire in the morning and at noon.

The confrontation occurred when a boat from the shore tried to send supply to the pirates holding the ship, Shire revealed to reporters.

He added that negotiation was ongoing to rescue the hijacked ship and its crew.

Sources revealed that Puntland maritime forces were among those injured in the gun battle.

Pirates on Monday hijacked an oil tanker with 8 crew from Sri Lanka off the coast of Somalia.

The incident came against a backdrop of reduced piracy activities in Somalia.