NAIROBI, Kenya - Pirates hijacked a cargo ship delivering U.N. food aid to northeastern Somalia on Sunday _ at least the third time since 2005 that a vessel contracted to the United Nations has been hijacked off the country's dangerous coast.No demands have been made and the state of the crew is unknown, but ransom is often a prime motivating factor - it is how these sea-borne terrorists finance their operations.
The ship, MV Rozen, had just dropped off more than 1,800 tons of food aid in the semiautonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia when the pirates struck, said Stephanie Savariaud, a spokeswoman for the U.N.'s World Food Program.
The 1,880-mile coast of Somalia, which has had no effective government since warlords ousted a dictatorship in 1991 and then turned on each other, has emerged as one of the most dangerous areas for ships.Piracy - it isn't about software or music.
Somali pirates are trained fighters, often dressed in military fatigues, using speedboats equipped with satellite phones and Global Positioning System equipment. They are typically armed with automatic weapons, anti-tank rocket launchers and various types of grenades, according to the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia.