Chinese Navy Hands Over Notorious Pirate Leader

The Chinese navy on Friday handed over a notorious pirate leader captured last month after a failed hijack attempt.

Abdikarim Salah “Aw Koombe” and two other pirates are now in the custody of Puntland security officials at the Red Sea port of Bosaso.

The three, who were in handcuffs and wearing flotation jackets, were brought to the port in small rubber boats.

Colonel Yasin Ali Nur, commander of security forces at Bosaso port, told VOA Somali reporter Fadumo Yasin Jama, the three will be tried on piracy-related charges.

“These three prisoners, their weapons, will be kept here at the prison at the port until they are transferred to the central prison, until they appear before a court,” Nur said.

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