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The Nivose attacked. He responds to shots from the coast (maj)

(photo credit: DICOD / EMA)

(BRUSSELS2) The French frigate, Nivose, which is participating in the European anti-piracy operation, was targeted as it left Mogadishu, we learned from the army headquarters in Paris and the Atalanta HQ in Northwood. This happened Thursday, May 20 morning, very close to Mogasdishu, 1 mile away.

The Nivôse was on approach to escort two merchant ships, theAlpha Kirawira and Peter 1, who had just unloaded equipment for the African Union peace force in Somalia (AMISOM) (1). He then came under gunfire.
light which seemed to come from the shore. Small arms impacts could be observed in the water just 10 meters from the starboard side. The commander then ordered, in response, a 12.7 mm warning shot into the water towards the position. The shooting stopped, at least in the direction of Nivôse.

A detailed investigation of the vessel confirmed that the building had not been damaged. As for the two merchant ships,
their escort was not compromised. They are heading towards Mombasa.

NB: the Al Shabaab Islamist militias took control of northern Mogadishu on May 21, which allows them to maintain the port of
Mogadishu under pressure. And the shots could have come from there rather than from pirates.

(1) WFP ships according to the Armed Forces General Staff.

(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).