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A Danish frigate disarms a group of would-be pirates

(BRUSSELS2) The Esbern Snare apprehended, on Friday, a suspicious group who were in a skiff preparing for an attack. The “pirates” had been spotted by a Japanese maritime patrol plane in the recommended international transit corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden. The Danish frigate participating in the NATO operation – Ocean Shield – in the Gulf of Aden was closest to the incident and intervened. The Esbern Snare helicopter flew over the suspect boat and fired warning shots at the front of the skiff to force the suspects to stop. It took a shot on goal, on the skiff itself, for them to agree to stop.

By the time the control teams arrived aboard their RHIBs, the helicopter crew was able to observe strange maneuvers, the suspects shedding certain objects that look very, very closely like weapons... (we recognize especially in the red frame which is, in fact, an RPG). 7 suspects were subsequently apprehended and the rest of the piracy paraphernalia was seized.

For Captain Carsten Fjord-Larsen, the officer commanding the Esbern Snare: “ the pirates did not seem to realize the danger of not complying with our orders. » What is not specified is that the pirates will not be prosecuted and have been released (lack of flagrante delicto, host country in the Gulf and agreement with host countries).

(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).