Does this qualify as “terrorism”, I wonder?

I mean, it DOES involve “Islamist insurgents”, and we know that the US has characterized their Iraqi counterparts as such. But what happens when the “bad guys” start acting–well, like Peter Pan to Captain Hook?

Somali Islamist insurgents have begun searching for the pirates who hijacked a giant Saudi-owned oil tanker last Saturday, reports say.

A spokesman for the al-Shabab group, Abdelghafar Musa, said hijacking a Muslim-owned ship was a major crime and they would pursue those responsible.

The pirates are thought to be trying to obtain a multi-million dollar ransom.

The ship, the Sirius Star, is believed to be be anchored off the Somali port of Haradheere.

It has an international crew of 25 people and is carrying $100m (£67m) worth of crude oil.

“We are really sorry to hear that the Saudi ship has been held in Somalia,” Mr Musa told the Associated Press.

“We will fight them.”

“Hijacking a Muslim-owned ship was a major crime”. Well, shyeah, I’d hope to shout–hijacking ANY ship is a major crime. It’s also terrorism.

So what do we call it when a group normally seen ONLY as terrorists–decides to counter the terrorism with an attack of their own?

And, more to the point: How are these insurgents going to do the job, I wonder?

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