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Somali pirates hijack oil going to U.S.

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Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009 10:19 pm | Updated: 3:00 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Crews on oil tankers aren't allowed to smoke above deck, much less carry guns, for fear of igniting the ship's payload. That's one of the main reasons Somali pirates met little resistance when they hijacked a U.S.-bound supertanker carrying $20 million in crude.

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