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Pirate Attack Thwarted by EU Naval Forces off Somalia Coast

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 01:16 PM

By Michael Mullins

A pirate attack was thwarted by European Union and Nato Forces off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday.

After taking control of a cargo vessel manned by 14 Indian sailors, the Somali pirates fled when EU and NATO counter piracy ships arrived on the scene, according to the European Union Naval Force.

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The first ships to respond were Swedish and Dutch warships. Upon seeing the warships, the pirates steered the hijacked craft into the coast where they abandoned it, the Associated Press reported.

Nato forces were reportedly made aware of the attack by the Indian sailors while they were under siege.

Due to anti-piracy patrols and armed guards on ships, the number of Somali pirate attacks on ships have dropped significantly, according to AP.

According to the EU Naval Force, a ship has not been successfully hijacked by Somali pirates since May of 2012.

There have been four attacks on vessels in the region by pirates since the beginning of the year.

All of which have failed.

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