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Two ships attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden (update2)

(BRUSSELS2 – exclusive) Two merchant ships were attacked, in quick succession, according to our information, early Monday morning, by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Both were – it seems – by the same skiff. The incident took place – according to initial information given by anti-piracy forces – in the area between Bossaso and Yemen. That is, in the troop-protected International Transit Corridor (IRTC). Both ships were able to escape unharmed. An attack had already taken place on October 27, but no longer on the Red Sea side at the end of October (read: Pirates in the Red Sea).

(Maj1) The French ship TCD Siroco, who has just taken command of the EU anti-piracy force, is inspecting the area, in order to detect (and stop) suspicious skiffs.

(Maj2) We know a little more about the circumstances of the attack. The pirates on board the skiff were five in number, armed. The first ship attacked, a tanker, was attacked around 3:30 a.m. UTC (6:30 a.m. local time). There were five pirates on board the skiff. They fired towards the ship. The captain then sounded the alarm (at the UKMTO duty station), activating the fire hoses and increasing speed. The private guards on board “then drew their weapons”, forcing the pirates to stop their attack. A military helicopter flew over the area. The pirates then abandoned the pursuit. A few minutes later, they approached a bulk carrier. There things were more serious. It took not only warning shots. But live fire so that the pirates abandon their attack.

More information will follow…

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).