NATO defence ministers are backing a plan for a long-term NATO anti-piracy mission off
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said a British-commanded task force involving six NATO nations would take over the mission from July 1.
“NATO will continue to play its role in the fight against piracy,” he told a news conference today after a meeting of NATO defence ministers in
NATO officials said the ministers endorsed a plan for a year-long anti-piracy mission, Reuters reports.
Somali gangs have made millions of dollars seizing vessels in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, driving up insurance rates and other costs in key sea lanes linking Europe to
The attacks have continued despite the presence of naval forces from more than a dozen states, including others forces under EU and
Meanwhile, Reuters reports the US Navy handed over 17 suspected Somali pirates to
Kenyan police say the influx of suspected Somali pirates is clogging jails and congesting local courts and they would like foreign navies patrolling the shipping lanes off
“We are looking at ways in the near future to have the pirates either charged in Seychelles, Egypt or Djibouti due to congestion,” Sebson Wandera, the provincial CID operations chief, told reporters in the port city of Mombasa.
He said the latest arrivals would be taken to a court in Malindi, further up the coast from
International navies trying to curb piracy off lawless
The European Union,
Some pirates are being prosecuted in
“It is almost like they want to open an
The hardline Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab, which controls southern
“The minister added that we are living in a volatile world and the deteriorating situation in
“He called upon the international community to address the issue of
There was a bomb scare at the Norwegian embassy last week and Delta Air Lines cancelled its maiden flight to
An al Qaeda truck bomb killed more than 200 people at the
Suicide bombers struck again in 2002, killing 15 people at an Israeli-owned hotel on the Kenyan coast. At almost the same time, attackers tried to shoot down an Israeli jetliner as it left
Piracy in Omani waters
In another development, Reuters reports suspected Somali pirates have seized a German-owned cargo ship off the coast of the Gulf Arab state of
The MV Charelle was attacked 60 nautical miles south off Sur on the Omani coast, NATO Lieutenant Commander Alexandre Fernandes said aboard NATO’s Portuguese warship Corte-Real, which is on anti-piracy patrol off
“The Charelle is now heading southwest towards
“They are probably looking for other areas of operations where there are less patrols by warships.”
No distress call was heard from the vessel, but the ship was reported hijacked on Friday afternoon, he said. It is not known how many crew are on board or what their nationalities are.
Fernandes said the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged vessel would soon cross into international waters where many warships are patrolling. But he said they were unlikely to do anything to upset the pirates or endanger their prisoners.
Lloyds reports the vessel is owned by shipping firm Tarmstedt International.
The International Maritime Bureau says more ships have been attacked off
But fewer of those attacks have been successful. There have been 29 successful hijackings compared with 42 last year.