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A Basque tuna boat attacked off the Seychelles

(BRUSSELS2) One would have thought the Seychelles were relatively spared from the increase in pirate attacks in recent days. They had, in fact, concentrated their attacks along the Kenyan and Tanzanian coasts (1), on the one hand, in the Gulf of Aden and far to the east of the Indian Ocean (2), on the one hand, 'somewhere else. Nay! A Basque tuna boat, theElai Alai, thus foiled, on Monday morning, an attack by two pirate skiffs about 200 miles west of Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles archipelago.

The ship, which belongs to the same group as the Alakrana (Etxebastar Fleet) captured last year, had left the Seychelles on Saturday with 30 crew members on board, detected two skiffs launched in pursuit. The chase lasted an hour, and it took several warning shots from security guards aboard the ship for the pirates to break the field. No sailors were affected and the vessel left the fishing zone. This is the second attack in a few weeks on a Spanish fishing boat, the previous one having taken place on October 17 against an auxiliary ship from Albacora, Ortube Berria, caught under fire from a pirate attack.


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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).