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Muscular intervention of the Navy of Oman

(BRUSSELS2) The Royal Navy of Oman intervened offensively to free an Indian ship, the Tiba-2 Halima, which had been captured by pirates on September 1. During the operation carried out by the RNO Musandam, a Somali pirate was mortally wounded as were two of the hostages: the captain and a sailor, both Indians from Gujarat, caught in crossfire. Among the 10 other sailors held hostage, one of them was seriously injured and seven others suffered minor injuries according to hospital sources who spoke to the Times of Oman; two others were able to escape unharmed. “ The pirates used us as a human shield when they saw the ship come to our rescue » testifies one of the survivors. But, apparently, as soon as the military intervened, the pirates surrendered and were detained by the coast guard. The Oman navy had already intervened the previous week to foil an attack on a Liberian-flagged ship just 34 nautical miles from Salalah.

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).