Pirate attacks, fuelled by large ransoms, have continued almost unabated despite the presence of an armada of foreign warships patrolling the Indian Ocean and
In January, pirates released an Iranian-chartered cargo ship carrying 36,000 tonnes of wheat to
“The mission of these warships is to protect Iranian merchant ships and oil tankers against pirate attacks,” state radio said.
They would arrive in the
Nearly 20 000 ships pass through the Gulf of Aden each year, heading to and from the
Analysts say the only way to stop bandits on the high seas is to resolve
Meanwhile, Reuters adds a South Korean destroyer helped rescue an Egyptian ship that had been targeted by pirates off the coast of
A team of South Korean snipers boarded a military helicopter that took off from the “Munmu the Great’s” deck and flew over the suspected hijackers who were 1.8 km (1.2 miles) from the Egyptian ship, officials said in
The incident that took place last night.
A US Navy vessel also joined the operation after it was reported by the South Koreans to a joint task force.
The South Korean destroyer began patrolling around the
In another development, Reuters adds European Union naval force tackling piracy off
British Rear Admiral Philip Jones said he was “bemused” by the report, which was broadcast by a Spanish radio station. He said the EU force’s headquarters in northwest
“We are assuming, if anything at all, that when reports are made about
“But we are redoubling our efforts to make sure there is no way in which information we promulgate to merchant shipping companies and information they make available to us becomes widely available outside the protected and secure channels in which we use it at the moment.
It said the gangs received information by satellite phone and used sophisticated equipment to locate targets. It listed several attacks in which the groups surprised crew with detailed information, including the nationalities of those on board.
Western nations have sent warships to try to stop Somali groups which have made millions of dollars extorting ransoms from ships and their crews in strategic shipping lanes off the Horn of Africa that connect Europe to Asia.
Jones said this week’s report was “a useful wake-up call to check that our procedures are robust in this area”.
He said the EU operation, codenamed Atalanta, was investigating the origin of the report but added: “There’s no indications we’ve had of any compromise to any of the operations we are setting up.”
Jones said no information had been found on any of the Somali gangs’ vessels that had been captured to link them to any source of information about merchant ships in
“There is no evidence of that whatsoever,” he said.