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BOSASSO (Reuters) A volatile buildup of weapons and resentment along the northern Somali coast culminated in the hijack of an oil freighter this week, the first such seizure by Somali pirates since 2012, experts and locals told Reuters on Wednesday.

Gunmen hijacked the Aris 13, a small oil tanker, on Monday and are demanding a ransom to release the ship and its eight Sri Lankan crew, the EU Naval Force that patrols the waters canada goose outlet store locations off Somalia said.

Now shipping companies are scrambling to find out whether the attack canada goose online store is a one off, or whether pirates could once again threaten one of the world most important shipping lanes and cost Canada Goose Outlet the industry billions of dollars annually.

Somali forces have been canada goose replica sent Canada Goose online to try to free the tanker.

But locals say the attacks will continue and blame their government in the semi autonomous Puntland region for granting foreigners permits to fish in Somali waters.

the fish Canada Goose sale are drained by foreigners, my colleagues plan to go into the ocean to canada goose coats hijack other ships. We have no government to speak on our canada goose outlet toronto factory behalf, said fisherman Mohamed Ismail.

Security, along with a devastating drought, was on the agenda for visiting British foreign minister Boris Johnson as he met the Somali president on Wednesday.

Although Somalia remains mired in violence and poverty, the Horn of Africa nation has shown some small signs of progress canada goose clearance in recent years despite a canada goose civil war lasting more than a quarter of a century. A return to piracy could derail those fragile gains.

Monday hijack followed a buy canada goose jacket long hiatus in pirate attacks, with only canada goose deals four unsuccessful attempts in the past three years.

The canada goose coats on sale lull encouraged foreign fishing canadagoosejacketsaleca vessels to return to Somali waters, locals told Reuters, fuelling resentment.

you look at the sea at night, there are so many lights out there (from fishing vessels) it looks like New York, complained one former Somali official who asked not to be named.

The final straw, he said, was when seven Thai fishing vessels cheap Canada Goose docked at Bosasso port last month. The ships paid the local government more than $672,000 for fishing licences, a government contract showed. The move infuriated locals canada goose clearance sale who felt they would see neither fish nor Canada Goose Coats On Sale the cash.

I saw those ships come into Bosasso port in broad daylight, I knew there would be an attack, he said. fishermen became desperate.

Only 14 foreign vessels are licensed to fish, buy canada goose jacket cheap including the seven Thai vessels, the Puntland government said. All others are illegal, said Ali Hirsi Salaad, director of Puntland Ministry of Fishing. are right to complain, he 2018 canada goose outlet said.

WEAPONS ASHORE Matt Bryden, the head of Nairobi based thinktank Sahan Research, said coastal communities were rearming amid widespread anger at the failure to crack down on foreign fishing vessels.

He showed Reuters several photographs he said were of a recent shipment of machineguns, canadian goose jacket saying that so many weapons were arriving that in one area the price of a PKM machinegun had fallen from $13,000 in October to around $8,500 Canada Goose Online last month.

price is going down because so many are being imported, he said.

The same source sent him a photo of the sea horizon at night, he said. The lights of at least 23 vessels that the man said were fishing boats glowed on the horizon.

A Bosasso based weapons dealer said orders Canada Goose Jackets for rocket propelled grenades, machine guns and ammunition had increased.

Jonah Leff, a weapons tracing expert with conflict Armament Research, said many pirates had turned to Canada Goose Parka smuggling. They take boatloads of people canada goose black friday sale to Yemen and return with weapons, he said.

Additional reporting by Katharine Houreld in Nairobi; Writing by canada goose store Katharine Houreld; Editing by Alison Williams.