Sunday, September 07, 2008

Somalia Pirates: "Unidentified warship" nabs 14 pirates, sinks their boat

Some rare good news on the Somali pirate front, as set out here:
An unidentified warship off pirate-ridden Somali waters captured 14 pirates and destroyed their boat, a minister of the northern Puntland region said on Sunday.

Abdulqadir Muse Yusuf, fisheries minister for the semi-autonomous region said the pirate vessel met a warship "that we think could be American" and all the pirates on board were captured and their boat destroyed.

However, the U.S. Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, said there was no American involvement in the operation.

Yusuf said local authorities were still investigating the identity of the warship."

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