Source - http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1002/p99s01-duts.htmlHijackings by pirates are a near daily occurrence off Somalia, and the international community has to date done little to stop them.
But this ship has garnered more attention. In addition to its 20-member crew, it's carrying 33 Russian-made tanks and ammunition, reportedly bound for southern Sudan via Kenya.
Now, the US fears those tanks could instead end up in the hands of Al Qaeda-linked Islamic militants in Somalia. The militants, particularly al Shabaab, are fighting to wrest control of the country from a weak, US-backed government in Mogadishu.
or a source more specific on the weapons:
Souce - http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hGo ... gZtDKg-kIQThe freighter contains 33 T-72M1 and T72-M1K battle tanks, six anti-aircraft defence systems, 150 RPG-7 launchers, six missile launchers and 14,000 rounds of 125 mm ammunition.
There are around 50 armed pirates aboard the ship mingling with the crew and although there have been no reports of violence against the hostages, "fire exchanges have been witnessed on several occasions on the ship, yet no victims have been seen," Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council, said in a statement.