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MOGADISHU, Somalia – The weapons-loaded ship hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia on Friday is now surrounded by U.S. warships and helicopters to prevent the arms from falling “into the wrong hands,” an American Navy spokesman said Monday.

The pirates who seized the ship are demanding a $20 million ransom and U.S. officials fear the armaments onboard the Ukrainian vessel may end up in the hands of al-Qaida insurgents.

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