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Somali pirates seized an oil tanker en route to the United States early Sunday morning. The “Maran Centaurus “of Greece was hijacked about 800 miles off the coast of Somalia and could be carrying up to 300,000 tons of oil.

The pirates who often use guns and rocket propelled grenades in their attacks, are expected to ask for millions of dollars in ransom. No American citizens are believed to be on board. The 28-man crew consists of six Filipinos, nine Greeks, two Ukrainians and one Romanian.

A similar situation happened around this time last year when pirates hijacked the “Saudi Superstar” tanker only relinquishing the vessel and crew after a $3 million exchange.

And you thought pirates weren’t real? Please…..smh… This is what happens when you leave the poor with no chance of an economic come up.

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