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9 pirates disarmed by the Seychelles Coast Guard

(BRUSSELS2) The Seychelles Coast Guard, on board the Topaz, arrested 9 suspects in the northeast of the archipelago on Saturday evening. As no attack could be attributed directly to them, they were released and put back on board the mother ship (a whaler). Direction: Somalia. At least, we hope... In the meantime, their piracy paraphernalia and their weapons were seized and the two skiffs, used for the boarding, sunk.

A refined method of spinning

This arrest, however, illustrates the refined “shadowing” methods developed by the anti-pirate ships deployed off the coast of Somalia. A suspicious group, made up of a whaler and two skiffs, had in fact been spotted on Thursday (May 27) by the Swedish maritime patrol plane of the European anti-piracy force (EUNAVFOR Atalanta), near 500 miles from the Somali coast. With no ships nearby to check and control the ships, it was decided at the Swedish FHQ to monitor their progress.

By Saturday morning, the group was spotted again 250 miles northeast of the Seychelles. The Seychelles Coast Guard then took action, alerted thanks to the internal communication system.Mercury” we specify at Atalanta HQ, and were able to direct their ship Topaz

Read also: at Atalanta HQ in Northwood

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

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).