Suez, Yuan Xiang: the first ransom attempt
Ransom for the release of two vessels, the Egyptian-owned MV Suez and the Chinese-owned MV Yuan Xiang, two ships being held ransom by Somali pirates, $3.6 million in cash, was flown to the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, landing in an unmarked plane which transferred its cargo to another unmarked plane, At least one of the planes operated out of Wilson Airport in Nairobi Both crews were immediately arrested. Three of those detained carried UK passports, another one has an American passport while two have Kenyan identities.. Matthew Brown, a pilot, and Andrew Oaks and Alex James from Nairobi-based security firm Salama Fikira, a Mauritius-based risk management consultancy. . Both ships have since been freed. A spokesman for Salama Fikira said: "The only thing I would say is: don't believe everything you read."