Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Navy foils pirate attack

A French warship thwarted an attack by Somali pirates on a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden and arrested eight men, the French military said on Friday.
The French frigate was patrolling the seas off Somalia as part of a European Union mission against rampant piracy in the region when it received a distress signal on Thursday from a Panamanian-registered boat that was being pursued by pirates.
Christophe Prazuck, a spokesman for the French armed forces, said the pirates fled when the frigate first approached and were eventually captured when they made a second attempt to seize the S Venus cargo ship some hours later.
“Resistance was impossible when faced by a well-armed warship,” Prazuck told LCI television, adding that the French forces had found a rocket launcher, assault rifles and boarding ladders on the pirate’s vessel.
The operation happened some 80 km from the coast of Yemen and the eight men seized will be taken to Somalia for trial.
In a bid to deter the bandits, the EU set up an anti-piracy naval task force under British command last month.

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