Fighters from the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) kill nine pirates, who had stormed a Jordanian cargo ship off the coast of Hobyo in Somalia.
ICU fighters pursued the pirates, who were heading towards Haradheere region in Hobyo on foot after ransacking the ship. Nine pirates were killed and four others captured, said the Press TV correspondent in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
« These men will be punished according to the Islamic law, » a senior ICU leader told our correspondent.
Meanwhile, armed bandits attacked a truck near the town of Jowhar, 90 kilometers northeast of Mogadishu, killing three civilians and injuring four others. The bandits were also reported to have raped two Somali women.
A spokesman for Al-Shabaab fighters, ICU’s military wing, vowed to capture the bandits, saying they would not escape justice.
ICU is fighting against the interim Somali government, which has been ruling the country since 1991. The government is backed by Ethiopian troops, who are held responsible for the death of thousands of Somalis, many of them civilians.