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Daily Archives: April 16, 2009

Rocket attack on American ship revenge for US rescue

Somali pirates attacked an American freighter with rockets to "destroy" the ship in revenge for an operation that freed a US captain last weekend, one of their commanders said yesterday.
"This attack was the first against our prime target," Abdi Garad told AFP of the attack late Tuesday.
"We intended to destroy this American-flagged ship and the crew on board but unfortunately they narrowly escaped us.
"The aim of this attack was totally different. We were not after a ransom. We also assigned a team with special equipment to chase and destroy any ship flying the American flag in retaliation for the brutal killing of our friends."

Italian hostage freed in Nigeria

Gunmen in Nigeria have released an Italian national abducted earlier this month, Italy's foreign ministry said yesterday.
Giuseppe Canova, a 60-year-old working for a construction company, was abducted on April 6 by unknown gunmen as he travelled to work in Abakaliki, capital of southeastern Ebonyi state.
The Italian foreign ministry thanked the Nigerian authorities for helping end the affair "positively."
More details were provided by the mother of the freed man, Teresa Tomasoni, who was interviewed by the Italian news agency ANSA.
"The nightmare is over, I am happy, but I will be happier when my son returns home," she said.
"The kidnappers released him last night and I have only just spoken to him. He told me that they had treated him well and that he would return in a few days. I have no idea how he came to be freed, nor if a ransom was paid."
The Nigerian authorities said last week that Canova had been working for Marlum Construction, a company contracted to build a new secretariat complex for the state government.
Kidnappings by gunmen are common in the oil-rich Niger Delta, where hundreds of people have been abducted over the past three years, but they are rare in other parts of the country such as Ebonyi.
The Italian was snatched the day after gunmen kidnapped a British oil worker in southern Nigeria, killing one police officer and wounding another.