US says Somali pirates likely behind attempted tanker seizure near Yemen
The United States has said that a group of attackers who tried to seize an Israel-linked cargo ship over the weekend were probably Somali pirates rather than Houthi fighters from nearby Yemen.
Speaking on Monday, Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder noted that the US has not ruled out a Houthi connection to the attempted hijacking by five armed men over the weekend.
“We’re continuing to assess, but initial indications that these five individuals are Somali,” said Ryder.
“Clearly a piracy-related incident,” he added.
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