Residents: Somali militants seize fishing vessel with foreigners believed to be Iranians

May 13, 2015 3:48 PM

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MOGADISHU, Somalia – Residents in a central Somali town say Islamic extremists have detained foreign sailors who may be Iranian and seized their fishing vessel that washed ashore on the Somali coast.

Yasin Maalin, a resident of El-Dher town in the coastal region of Galgadud, said on Wednesday that Somalia's al-Shabab rebels detained Iranian fishermen whose vessel had developed mechanical problems before it drifted into the militants' stronghold.

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