Mogadishu (HAN) August 18, 2014 – Regional security and marine safety news. A seniot Somali security official, Capt. Mohamed Husein said, a Somali police officer arrested a senior pirate commander in Mogadishu, known as Mohamed Garfanji, considered to be the second-ranking leader of Somalia’s pirate industry, was arrested in Mogadishu Sunday for possessing illegal arms and other charges related to piracy.
A Federal special Somali security forces arrested a senior pirate commander in Mogadishu.
Mohamed Garfanji is the second top pirate leader arrested in Somalia fr the last 12 months. Belgium security forces arrested pirate kingpin Mohamed Abdi Hassan last year with a trick which lured him to Belgium to work on a documentary about piracy.
The Garfanji arrest comes as the Somali Federal government continues a disarmament campaign in Mogadishu that has seen hundreds of guns seized.
Piracy off the coast of Somalia once was a serious threat to the global shipping industry, but attacks have dropped dramatically the last several years after ships began carrying armed guards.
The Combat Support Ship FGS Berlin received a visit from the Force Commander of the European Union Naval Force Somalia Rear Admiral Guido Rando. It was the first visit aboard an Operation Atalanta unit other than the flagship since he assumed command on 6 August in Djibouti.
Photo: Operation Enduring Freedom – Djibouti. French Naval commandos and United States soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment participate in an exercise
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