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Somali Pirates seized freighter carrying 33 T-72 tanks

September 26, 2008 by Akiva  
Filed under Maritime Piracy Attacks

Faina sized by piratesIn their latest attack on merchent ships off the Horn of Africa, Somali pirates seized the 530-foot-long freighter Faina carrying 33 T-72 tanks, a substantial quantity of ammunition, and spare parts. According to an Ukraine newsagencey, Faina is owned by Tomex Team based out of Odessa and was hired by Ukrainian state controlled arms dealer Ukrspetsexport to transport the tanks to Mombassa, Kenya. According to AP reports, Alfred Mutua, a Kenyan government spokesman, confirmed that Kenya’s military had ordered the tanks and spare parts.

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