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Wanted Somali pirate arrested in Brussels

Oct. 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

BRUSSELS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Authorities at the Brussels Airport arrested notorious Somali pirate Mohammed Abdi Hassan Monday morning.

Hassan, who is also known as Afweyne or "Loud Mouth," arrived in Brussels on a plane from Kenya and was promptly arrested on piracy and hostage taking charges, Flanders News, Brussels, reported.

A high-ranking Somali official who was traveling with Hassan was also arrested.

It was unclear what the two men were doing in Brussels, the report said.

Hassan is accused of attacking a number of ships off the Somali coast and making hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of piracy. He is also know for smuggling the drug qat.

Last year, Hassan announced that he was giving up piracy to enter the world of politics.

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