A bit more on the great seaborne tank heist:
The pirates aboard the blue-and-white Ukrainian-operated freighter are demanding $20 million to release the ship, its 21 crew members, one of whom has died of an apparent heart attack, and its cargo of T-72 tanks, rifles and ammunition.
The ship, now anchored off Somalia's coast near the central town of Hobyo, apparently was destined for Sudan when armed pirates overtook it, likely from a speedboat, and climbed up the side of the ship.
U.S. Navy destroyers and cruisers have been deployed within 10 miles of the hijacked vessel and helicopters were circling overhead because of "great concern" over the possibility of the cargo falling "into the wrong hands,"
According to this piece from AllAfrica, it looks very much like the pirates have disrupted an attempt to smuggle arms to Sudan in violation of the UN arms embargo, apparently conducted through the Kenyan government, which is claiming that the T-72s were meant for them. Moreover, it may have been the fourth such delivery this year.
It's apparently not unknown for Somali pirates to claim that they’re really a privatized coastguard. Here’s a strange tale about a hijacked Iranian ship, guns for Eritrea and unspecified but deadly hazmat contamination.