Suspected hijackers arrested, unanswered questions remain
The Arctic Sea, a Maltese-flagged and Finnish-owned cargo vessel which has been missing for over two weeks, was found late Sunday night approximately where it had been rumoured to be already on Friday: 480 kilometres from the island of Cape Verde off the Atlantic coast of Africa.
Russia’s Minister of Defence Anatoly Serdyukov was quoted by the Ria Novosti news agency as saying on Tuesday that eight people were detained on suspicion of hijacking the ship.
According to Serdyukov, the hijackers were citizens of Estonia, Latvia, and Russia. He also said that the liberation of the vessel took place without an exchange of gunfire.
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Russian Navy rescues Arctic Sea crew near Cape Verde