Mogadishu, Somalia-The officials in the Somalia region received 9 suspected pirates on Monday for purposes of placing them on trial. The North Somalia authorities received the pirates from the United States Navy, who had been watching over them waiting for details of the prisoner transfer to be worked out.
The Somalia region of Puntland took charge of the men, and the deputy police chief of the area, Mohamed Silad Jaqanaf took possession of the captives without incidence. The Horn of Africa and the waters off of Somalia have been plagued by repeated terrorist attacks and hijacking for the past several years.
Members of the United States Navy 5th fleet were the units that dealt with the transfer of the men. Lieutenant Nate Christensen said that the men were first found near an Indian Merchant ship after they had tried to attack it off the coast of Somali on February 12th.
The 5th Fleet is taking part in an international process that is focused on keeping the pirates from getting ships and successfully hijacking vessels. There are a number of vessels that have been taken hostage over the last two years, and then ransomed off by the hijackers. It has caused terror, and resulted in the deaths of members of the crews of the seized vessels.