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MOGADISHU Jan 12 (Reuters) - Somali pirates tried to board a Spanish navy ship off the Horn of Africa nation but it repulsed the attack and arrested six pirates, the European Union Naval Force for Somalia said on Thursday.
The EU Navfor said that the Patino, EU Navfor's flagship, had just finished escorting a U.N. World Food Programme ship to Somalia when it was approached by a skiff carrying the pirates.
"The suspected pirates opened fire with light calibre weapons and tried to board the Patino. The ship's force-protection team returned fire in self-defence and the ship's helicopter was launched," a statement said.
"The skiff broke off the attack and the men surrendered to the helicopter after throwing their weapons, ladder and fuel barrels overboard."
Originally posted by dcmb1409
I think the statement about the African nations uniting in an effort to restore order on land is a valid point but maybe with a combined blockade of the Somalian coast by the world's navies only letting searched fishing and aid vessels pass by. Stop them at the source and hinder escape routes from land actions to restore peace and aid to the citizens of Somali.
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
reply to post by Iwinder
I wasn't aware that they may be under the influence of drugs. That would definitely be a factor in their behavior. Here is a site with a picture of the boat.
If you click on the picture in the article it enlarges to a decent quality pic.edit on 12-1-2012 by Corruption Exposed because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
In my mind, the only way this piracy can be stopped is to bring Somalia back into the community of nations. .