There's been a huge amount of piracy by Somalis lately, preying on foreign shipping coming through the Gulf of Aden. Pirates recently hijacked an Iranian freighter coming from China. But like the eagle who tried to fly off with the walrus, they grabbed a bit more than they were bargaining for.
Within days, pirates who had boarded the ship developed strange health complications, skin burns and loss of hair. Independent sources tell The Long War Journal that a number of pirates have also died. "Yes, some of them have died. I do not know exactly how many but the information that I am getting is that some of them have died," Andrew Mwangura, Director of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program, said Friday when reached by phone in Mombasa.Whaddya think? Shoggoths?
...Authorities dispatched a delegation led by Minister of Minerals and Oil Hassan Allore Osman to investigate the situation on September 4. Osman also confirmed to The Long War Journal that during the six days he negotiated with the pirates members of the syndicate had become sick and died. "That ship is unusual," he said. "It is not carrying a normal shipment."