Somali pirate kingpin arrested by Belgian police

One of the most infamous pirate leaders, Somali "Big Mouth," has been detained by Belgian police in the Brussels airport following elaborate covert operation.

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Belgian authorities made quite a catch in Brussels International Airport on Saturday when they arrested the presumed leader of a major Somali pirate network. Mohamed Abdi Hassan, known in pirate circles as "Afweyne" or "Big Mouth," is said to have made several millions from kidnappings and ransoms along the east coast of Africa, says Belgian daily De Standaard according to Reuters.

Back in January, the infamous Big Mouth announced that he was retiring from piracy after ten years as the head of several pirate syndicates, stating that he wanted to put the shady career behind him.

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