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British Navy kill two pirates in Gulf of Aden

Just an fyi. Saw this and thought might interest some. Seeing a lot of stories about this region lately. Good to see this I suspect - knowing you might die is a decent deterrent I would think to those who might decide to follow in your wake.

2008-11-13 04:39:34.490 GMT

London (dpa) - Two suspected Somali pirates were shot and killed by
the crew of a British navy frigate in the Gulf of Aden, the Ministry
of Defence in London said.
A firefight occurred Tuesday when crew of the Royal Navy ship HMS
Cumberland dispatched sailors on boats to surround and board a pirate
dhow that had attempted earlier to seize a Danish vessel, the ministry
said in a statement late Wednesday, stressing that the killings had
been in self-defence.
An injured Yemeni national was also found on board one of the
Yemeni-flagged dhow, a traditional wooden vessel. The man later died
despite being treated by the HMS Cumberland's physician.
It remained unclear whether his wounds were a result of the
firefight or a previous incident, the ministry said, adding that an
investigation of the shooting was being carried out.
The firefight occurred about 100 kilometres south of the Yemeni
coast. The pirates had fired at the Danish vessel and twice attempted
to board her, the reports said.
The HMS Cumberland patrols the Gulf of Aden in the Arabian Sea
between Yemen and Somalia as part of a NATO operation. Pirates have
hijacked 30 ships in this region this year, one of the world's main
shipping routes, demanding high sums of ransom from the owners of
countries of origin. dpa gp im jh

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