Somali pirates may extend deadline, before destroying ship with crewmembers
Somali pirates holding an arms-laden Ukrainian tanker off Somalia may extend the deadline on their threat to destroy the vessel with the crewmembers, a spokesman said Monday.
In Kiev, angry relatives of the ship's crew members demanded that Ukraine's government stop delaying and just pay a multimillion-dollar ransom to the pirates.
The pirates have said they will destroy the MV Faina on Monday night or early Tuesday unless a ransom is paid.
They may extend the deadline following requests from the ship's owner and other unidentified people, pirate spokesman Sugule Ali said.
The pirates were reviewing the deadline to see whether to "modify it and if that is not possible, to execute it," Ali told The Associated Press by satellite telephone from the ship.