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US Navy seizes 7 suspected pirates off Somalia

US Navy seizes 7 suspected pirates off Somalia

The U.S. Navy has seized seven suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden after a merchant ship sent a distress call saying gunmen had tried to board it from a skiff.
Lt. Nathan Christensen, a spokesman for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, says the Marshal Islands-flagged Polaris sent the call on Wednesday afternoon.
USS Vella Gulf received the call and raced to the location where U.S. sailors boarded the skiff with the suspects' consent.
Christensen says the suspects were armed with AK-47s and RPGs. He says they will be held in U.S. custody and eventually handed over to Kenya.
It was the Navy's first arrest since a new U.S. anti-pirate task force was established and following an agreement last month with Kenya that provides for the handover of arrested pirates.


Updated : 2021-10-17 08:14 GMT+08:00