The German navy shot dead a suspected pirate off the coast of Somalia yesterday after a boat carrying five men failed to heed warning shots, the German military said.Finally, a couple of Spanish fishing trawlers operating in the Indian Ocean seem to have escaped a pirate attack, as set out here:
“After an exchange of fire, one of the men on the boat was critically wounded and died despite immediate medical treatment,” a statement said.
The suspected pirates threw weapons overboard after the exchange and officials are now inspecting their boat, the statement added.
The German frigate involved - the Brandenburg - was participating in the European Union’s Atalanta mission in the lawless Gulf of Aden waters off Somalia.
Somali pirates holding a Turkish bulk carrier for nearly two months have demanded $20mn for the release of the vessel and its 23-man Turkish crew, a company lawyer said yesterday.
“The ransom they asked for is $20mn, but negotiations on kidnappings such as these usually end with agreement on 10 to 20% of the amount asked,” Nilgun Yamaner, who represents the owner of the ship, said.
“In our case, that amounts to a figure between 2 to 4mn,” she added.
Yamaner said she believed they were close to a deal with the pirates, but refused to say the figure her client, the Istanbul-based Horizon Shipping, was negotiating for the ship.
Two Spanish fishing trawlers operating between the Seychelles and Somalia have escaped pirate attacks in the previous days, a Basque regional government official said Monday.
The "Campo Libre Alai" escaped an attack Monday and the "Alakrana" avoided capture on Thursday, said Pilar Unzalu, a fishing official in the government of the Basque region where both tuna trawlers are based, the Europa Press and Vasco Press news agencies reported.