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3 suspicious boats spotted by the Bremen near the Seychelles, released (updated)

(BRUSSELS2) Bad luck Tuesday, in the Somali basin. The helicopter of the German frigate Bremen (which participates in the European anti-piracy operation Atalanta) had spotted three suspicious boats off the Seychelles (0109S 5355E), a mother ship, 10 meters long, and two small skiffs, with 4-5 people on board. Warning shots were fired and the suspect boats stopped, we learned from Atalanta HQ. By the time the Bremen visiting team arrived, the helicopter crew could observe people on board the boats throwing certain objects overboard (a classic maneuver among pirates but unusual among fishermen). On board, the soldiers discovered grappling hooks, ammunition, a GPS and 10 barrels of fuel. And no fishing equipment. But no real proof. After confiscating all the equipment that could be used in an act of piracy, the 11 “suspects” and their boats
were allowed to go back to sea on the big boat. Both skiffs were sunk by the frigate.

(Photo: Bundeswehr)

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).