Somali: Locals send supplies to hijacked tanker

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A local elder says Somali businessmen are sending food, cigarettes and drinks to a hijacked Saudi supertanker anchored off the coast of Somalia.

Dahir Mohamud Abdulle says businessmen in the central Somalia coastal town of Haradhere took supplies to the shore Wednesday for collection by pirates holding the MV Sirius Star.

Somali pirates seized the Saudi supertanker with a full load of 2 million barrels of oil and 25 crew members on Saturday in their most audacious hijacking to date.

Fisherman Abdullahi Hussein Hurdaye says the supertanker could still be seen Wednesday anchored about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the coast.

Fisherman Hassan Jimale says he saw three boats make return trips to the supertanker overnight.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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