Russia Arrests Eight over Arctic Sea Ship Hijack

World | August 18, 2009, Tuesday // 11:11|  views

The Finnish-owned Arctic Sea went off radar after passing through the English Channel in late July, but was found on Sunday night off Cape Verde. File photo

Eight people have been arrested for hijacking the cargo ship Arctic Sea, Russia's defense minister says.

Anatoly Serdyukov said the group of suspects included Russian, Estonian and Latvian nationals, the BBC reported.

The Finnish-owned Arctic Sea went off radar after passing through the English Channel in late July, but was found on Sunday night off Cape Verde.

Speculation swirled after the ship vanished, with suggestions of piracy, a mafia dispute or a commercial row.

 

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