Saturday's attack highlights the difficulty international forces face in patrolling the waters off Africa's coast.
The incident raises questions about the ability of international efforts to thoroughly monitor the dangerous waters off Somalia's coast, where such attacks have increased by 75 percent this year. Saturday's seizure is believed to be the biggest ship pirates have nabbed, and the hijacking occurred farther off the coast of Africa than pirates have roamed thus far. Now, "even the world's largest vessels are vulnerable," reports the Associated Press (AP).
According to the The Times (of London) the ship and its 25-member crew, which includes Britons, Croatians, Poles, Filipinos, and Saudi Arabians, are heading toward an area believed to be a safe haven for pirates.
Bloomberg reports that some news outlets have declared the ship has been freed. But the US Navy says the ship is believed to be heading toward the semiautonomous Somali region of Puntland.