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Somalis charged with hijacking

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Twelve suspected Somali pirates have been charged with hijacking a Yemeni oil tanker earlier this year, according to Yemeni authorities.

The suspects were seized when Yemeni forces retook control of the vessel, which had been attacked while sailing from the port of Mukalla to Aden.

One of the tanker's crew was killed during the hijacking and a second remains missing.

The Somalis are the latest suspected pirates to face justice in Yemen.

Earlier this month, 22 Somalis went on trial after being handed over to Yemen by international naval forces.

Many other countries have been reluctant to put Somali pirates on trial because of the legal complexities involved.



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