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Turkish freighter captured (two pirates injured?)

(BRUSSELS2) Wednesday morning around 5:30 a.m. (GMT), pirates were in the news again. After almost 3 weeks without capturing new boats, the pirates who recently emptied their “stock” (several ships including the Belgian Pompei were released in recent days) returned to the attack and made a new capture.

A 24.000-ton Turkish cargo ship, the Horizon I, which was traveling from Saudi Arabia to Jordan and carrying sulfate was captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden (1344N 05046E) while traveling in the corridor international. 3 men apparently on board a fast boat managed to board the boat which has a crew of 23 men. The vessel was registered in the MSCHOA base according to the Atalanta headquarters in Northwood which confirmed the capture (1). It is currently continuing its journey, according to a company spokesperson, permanently followed by a Turkish military frigate TCG Gediz (from NATO's SNMG2) ready to intervene.

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A second Turkish frigate, the Gaziantep, also follows the captured vessel as it heads for the port of Eyl.

Two of the five pirates were injured during the assault according to Ecoterra International which reports information from Puntland. They would have come under fire from an Indian frigate.

(1) “Today, July 8, at around 0530 (GMT) a Turkish bulk cargo ship, deadweight 34,173 tons, was hijacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden (1344N 05046E). The Turkish ship has a crew of 23 sailors.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).