11 SOMALI PIRATES CAPTURED OFF THE COAST OF KENYA


A French warship has captured 11 pirates off the coast of Kenya, amid calls for the international community to deal with the problem of piracy. The pirates were captured by a warship from an EU piracy patrol, hours after a failed attack on a US ship.

new-som1News of the incidents came as the UN special envoy for Somalia said the attacks threatened international peace. He urged financial backers of the “bandits”, as he called them, to be identified and held accountable.

The latest attack involved pirates firing rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons at a US-flagged cargo ship, the Liberty Sun, which was carrying food aid for Africa.

The French Defence Ministry said the warship Nivose captured the pirates about 550 miles (900km) east of the Kenyan port of Mombasa. It had detected a “mother ship”, or command vessel, on Tuesday, and observed it overnight before launching an assault early on Wednesday, the ministry said.

SOURCED FROM BBC


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