According to a European military intelligence document cited by a Spanish radio station, “well-placed informers” are in constant contact with control centers in Somalia. The control centers give the pirates information about ships in the area including their routes and cargoes, the Guardian reported.
Cadena SER radio said that in some cases, hijackers even had details on the layout of ships, their ports of call and the nationalities of those on board, the Guardian reported.
The document said pirates seem to be avoiding British ships and those from a few other nations, the paper reported. The network of informants allegedly extends to Yemen, Dubai and the Suez Canal.
Speaking by telephone from Istanbul, Haldun Dincel said today that London was one of a number of centres (Dubai) the pirates contacted regularly after the tanker had been sailed to the Somali coast and senior gang members had boarded and taken control. “Every day the chief of the pirates got in touch with people from London, Dubai and some from the Yemen,” he said. The calls were made on satellite phones the pirates brought with them.