Chinese hand three pirates to Puntland authorities

Three suspected Somali pirates taken by the Chinese navy during an aborted hijacking attempt of a bulker, OS35, last month have been handed over to authorities in Puntland, the semi-autonomous region on the Horn of Africa.

The pirates handed to the Puntland authorities on Friday included a local pirate leader known as Aw Kombe.

After a five-year hiatus incidents of attacks off the Horn of Africa have resurfaced in the past six weeks with the US Navy suggesting the spike is likely in response to the severe drought seen across Somalia.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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