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Somali pirate kingpin arrested: Security sources

Published on Aug 20, 2014 2:34 AM

MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources said Tuesday.

Mohamed Garfanji was seized late Sunday in the capital Mogadishu along with several of his well-armed bodyguards, according to foreign and Somali security sources.

There was no official confirmation from the internationally-backed government, and sources could not confirm if he was still being held.

Both the United States and the Seychelles reportedly want to question him for his alleged kidnapping of citizens from both nations.

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