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Somalian forces in pursuit of pirates 27/11/2008

Somali security forces say they will storm a hijacked Yemeni cargo ship if the pirates holding it refuse to release it without a ransom.

Gunmen seized the MV Adina and its seven crew in the Gulf of Aden last week in the latest attack by pirates in the region.

A minister in the semi-autonomous northern Puntland region says they have good relations with Yemen and are preparing troops to free the ship.

Meanwhile, a maritime watchdog says a vessel destroyed by the Indian navy in the Gulf of Aden was not a pirate mothership, but a Thai fishing boat.

The head of the International Maritime Bureau piracy reporting centre in Malaysia, Noel Choong says one Thai crew member died during the attack, a Cambodian crewman was rescued by passing fishermen and 14 other crew are still missing.

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