News Blogmaritime piracy

Atalanta's Norwegian ship comes under fire

(B2) Several shots were exchanged between Somali “fishermen” and the Norwegian ship, part of the European anti-piracy force Eunavfor Atalanta. On Saturday night, the Fridjof Nansen was close to the Somali coast, 12 miles east of Caluula, a village in northeastern Somalia (in the autonomous region of Puntland). “A known area – according to Atalanta – for illegal piracy activities“. The visiting boat carried out a check on several fishermen's dhows. Everything was going well for the first control boats which “were cooperative“. As they approached the fourth, shots were suddenly fired in the direction of the Norwegian sailors. They responded immediately and kept a good distance to avoid climbing, at a distance of approximately 1000 meters. No Norwegians were injured. On the other hand, Somali sources cited by AFP report two killed – a Somali and a Yemeni – as well as three injured – including two Yemenis. Information not confirmed, but not denied at Atalanta HQ in Northwood. The Norwegians “were at a good distance of about 1000 meters. Also they could not confirm the information on injuries (if there were any) and they continued their task of accompanying the WFP boats".

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).