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Intercepted pirate mothership

(BRUSSELS2) The Spanish support vessel for the European anti-piracy operation (Eunavfor Atalanta), Il “Patino”, intercepted, on March 27, a vessel, identified as the Yemeni 39, and which appears on the list of suspected dhows and dhows. of piracy, generally operating in the southern Arabian Sea. He notably participated in the attack on the “Blue Diamond”. Two AK-47 assault rifles, two RPG grenade launchers and a rifle were found on board. And 16 suspected pirates were arrested and then transferred to the Spanish ship. As no evidence could be retained against them, the various Somalis were disembarked on the northern coast of Somalia while the master mechanic of the dhow will be handed over to the Yemeni authorities north of the island of Socotra, specifies- one on the Spanish side.

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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).