Somalia Hijack: Names Of Eight Sri Lankan Victims Released

Somalia Hijack: Names Of Eight Sri Lankan Victims Released
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The names of the eight crew members believed to be on-board the Aris 13 oil tanker have been released to the media today.

The names of the Sri Lankan nationals on board the ship include:

A. Nicholas (Captain)
Ruwan Sampath (Chief Officer)
Kalubowila (Chief Engineer)
Dileepa Ranaweera (3rd officer)
Janaka Samendra (3rd Engineer)
Sunil Perera (Bosun)
Indunil Lahiru (Seaman)
Shanmugham (Cook)

Armed men are demanding a ransom for the release of an oil tanker they have seized off the coast of Somalia and the crew is being held captive, the European Union anti-piracy operation in the region announced yesterday.

An EU Naval Force statement said the operation had finally made contact with the ship’s master, who confirmed that armed men were aboard the Comoros-flagged tanker Aris 13.

The Aris 13, manned by eight Sri Lankan sailors, was carrying fuel from Djibouti to Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, when it was approached by men in two skiffs, said John Steed, the director of Oceans Beyond Piracy.

Source: Agencies

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