Until April, the Al Kausar was just one of thousands of anonymous dhows plying the ancient maritime route between the bazaars of the Persian Gulf and the merchants of the East African coast.
Laden with wheat and sugar destined for the Puntland city of Bosaso, the boat was in the vicinity of the Yemeni archipelago of Socotra when crew members spotted a vessel bearing towards them across the waves. Soon after, all contact was lost.
To continue reading, please click here.
Is Somali piracy set to become a threat again?