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calendar   Friday - October 26, 2012

one dead oh happy day, and one pirate boat scatched fun stuff.

Nice to see this for a change but.  They only killed how many?  And saved 25?

See?  That’s what I mean when I harp on the west being too damn soft.  The way they treat these pirate scum, one would be mistaken in thinking they were actually humans.  Oh well, take what we can get I suppose.


Dramatic moment NATO warship takes out suspected pirate boat off Somali coast in fierce gun battle

Pirates opened fire with AK-47s as the HNLMS Rotterdam was carrying out routine surveillance off Somali coast
One person on pirate sailboat killed and 25 others rescued after jumping into water as dhow went up in flames
NATO commander: ‘It is obvious the scourge of piracy has not gone away and we need to maintain vigilance’

By Simon Tomlinson

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NATO warship returned fire on a group of pirates in one of the world’s most dangerous shipping lanes.

The HNLMS Rotterdam, NATO’s flagship counter-piracy boat, was carrying out routine surveillance off the Somali coast when they spotted the suspicious dhow, a type of small boat often used by pirates.

As it approached the boat, the pirates pulled out their AK-47s and opened fire, sparking a fierce gun battle.

During the exchange, the dhow caught fire, forcing the crew members to leap into the sea.

One person on the dhow was killed and 25 people were subsequently rescued from the water by Rotterdam, which has a 350-strong crew.

Incredibly, while trying to rescue the crew from the stricken dhow, Rotterdam came under sustained fire from the shore with one of its inflatable boats suffering damage.

Commodore Ben Bekkering, the commander of the NATO Task Force, said: ‘We know that pirates are increasingly using larger dhows as mother ships. Therefore we routinely inspect them.

‘In this instance, the pirates openly chose confrontation. This does not happen often and it indicates that we are indeed impeding their operations and in doing so, pushing them to take more extreme options.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/26/2012 at 02:46 PM   
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