Friday, June 07, 2013
The European Union Naval Force says Somali pirates who took control
of a cargo vessel with 14 Indian sailors on board fled after counter
piracy ships from the EU and NATO responded.
The EU Naval Force
says 14 Indian sailors aboard a dhow alerted officials Wednesday that
their craft was under attack from 12 armed pirates. Swedish and Dutch
warships responded. The pirates then steered the hijacked vessel toward
the coast and abandoned it.
Somali pirates once held dozens of
ships and hundreds of hostages. But the number of attacks has dropped
considerably due to anti-piracy patrols and armed guards on ships.
EU Naval Force says Somali pirates haven't hijacked a ship since May
2012. The force says pirates have attacked four ships this year, none