Warships surround Somali pirates
The Somali pirates being confronted by a coalition of the worlds' navies off the Africa coast have been surrounded by three warships: one Russian, one American, and one unknown.
Somali pirates aboard a ship carrying tanks and weapons that they have seized say they are surrounded by at least three foreign warships.
One is the American US destroyer USS Howard, another is from Russia but the nationality of the third is not clear.
But one of the pirates said they were not afraid and had enough food to withstand a siege.
A maritime expert said the ship was carrying "dangerous chemicals" and warned against using force.
Andrew Mwangura, of the Kenya-based Seafarers' Programme, also told Reuters news agency that a military helicopter had flown over pirate speedboats heading to reinforce the Ukrainian-operated ship, the Faina, moored near the town of Hobyo.