Whats Aboard the MV Iran Deyanat?

#1
An undisclosed cargo, eccentric sailing schedule, Somali pirates, and a Chinese/Iranian connection. Pirates who have boarded her growing sick and dying. Throw in some Islamic insurgents, and you've got a pretty good action/thriller novel:

A tense standoff is underway in northeastern Somalia between pirates, Somali authorities, and Iran over a suspicious merchant vessel and its mysterious cargo. Hijacked late last month in the Gulf of Aden, the MV Iran Deyanat remains moored offshore in Somali waters and inaccessible for inspection. Its declared cargo consists of minerals and industrial products, however, Somali and regional officials directly involved in the negotiations over the ship and who spoke to The Long War Journal are convinced that it was heading to Eritrea to deliver small arms and chemical weapons to Somalia's Islamist insurgents.


The MV Iran Deyanat was brought to Eyl, a sleepy fishing village in northeastern Somalia, and was secured by a larger gang of pirates - 50 onboard and 50 onshore. 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.
Drat. Forgot the link.
 
#2
A radioactive cargo is one possible cause for what the pirates are suffering from. I am sure we are itching to get a look at the cargo.
 
#3
tomahawk6 said:
A radioactive cargo is one possible cause for what the pirates are suffering from. I am sure we are itching to get a look at the cargo.
A consignment of dodgy hair straightening tongs could also be the answer.
 
#4
Probably just a bad batch of Uncle Ken's stir-through sauces.

Nothing to see here, move along please!
 

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