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September 28, 2008

Somali pirates die strange deaths (similar to radiation poisoning) after boarding Iranian ship (Updated)

Topics: Iran

Iranian%20ship.jpgClearly the symptoms exhibited by these pirates indeed correspond to those caused by radiation poisoning: "Pirates die strangely after taking Iranian ship":

A tense standoff has developed in waters off Somalia over an Iranian merchant ship laden with a mysterious cargo that was hijacked by pirates.

Somali pirates suffered skin burns, lost hair and fell gravely ill "within days" of boarding the MV Iran Deyanat. Some of them died.

Andrew Mwangura, the director of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme, told the Sunday Times: "We don't know exactly how many, but the information that I am getting is that some of them had died. There is something very wrong about that ship."

The vessel's declared cargo consists of "minerals" and "industrial products". But officials involved in negotiations over the ship are convinced that it was sailing for Eritrea to deliver small arms and chemical weapons to Somalia's Islamist rebels.

Exposure to very large doses of radiation can cause death within just a few days. I'd be very interested in knowing if there was nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in the survivors, since these symptoms would be further indication of the pirates having been subjected to high doses of radiation. The pirates must have broken into cargo containers that the crew knew not to disturb. Of course this needs further investigation, but it appears that we have yet again found good reason for not allowing Iran to finish developing nuclear weapons.

Other coverage (very good article): Mystery surrounds hijacked Iranian ship

HT - Jihad Watch.

Posted by Richard at September 28, 2008 6:45 PM

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