Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Somali pirate killed in cargo ship hijack shooting

As reported Here 
The private guards protecting the MV Almezaan returned fire as they beat back two attacks by the same gang off the coast of lawless Somalia on Tuesday.
A Spanish warship patrolling the waters deployed a helicopter that fired warning shots to stop the pirates as they fled the area. Spanish troops seized six individuals, recovered one body and destroyed three pirate vessels.
"The body has been transferred to NAVARRA," EU NAVFOR said in a statement on its website, referring to the Spanish frigate.
"An investigation indicated that the individual had died from small caliber gunshot wounds," it added.
The MV Almezaan was en route to the Somali capital Mogadishu, the statement said. Kenyan maritime official Andrew Mwangura confirmed the incident by telephone from the port city of Mombasa.
Marauding sea gangs have attacked ships in the busy lanes in the Gulf of Aden that link Europe and Asia for several years, earning ransoms worth millions of dollars from vessels captured.
A fleet of foreign navies are patrolling the waters, operating convoys and offering safe transit corridors.
But they have found themselves increasingly stretched as the pirates roam further out into the Indian Ocean.
Some shippers have already started to avoid the Gulf of Aden, opting to go around the Cape of Good Hope, raising transport costs, while others have chosen to carry private guards.
Pirates on Tuesday seized a Turkish ship with its crew of 21 and a Bermuda-flagged reefer with a crew of 25.

It is amazing how the IMO and IMB say that having private security could escalate the use of force by pirates. The pirates are already firing AK-47's and RPG's at ships. The IMO and IMB say it is only intimidation to get the vessel to stop. However, When the RPG explodes on board, or the automatic weapons fire is directed at the bridge, how much more deadly can it get?

In this case, instead of a hijacked ship and crew, there is one dead pirate. I think this outcome was the best for all.

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