Islamists say they'll fight Somali pirates

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A fighter with a radical Islamic group in Somalia says it will go after the pirates holding a Saudi supertanker.

Abdelghafar Musa says the pirates should not seize ships belonging to Muslim nations or loot the property of Muslims.

He claims to speak on behalf of all Islamic fighters in Somalia.

The seizure on Saturday of the massive Saudi supertanker loaded with $100 million worth of crude oil was the most daring by the pirates to date.

In the past two weeks Somalia's increasingly brazen pirates have seized a total of eight vessels. Several hundred crew are now in the hands of Somali pirates.

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