06 Feb '11, 4pm

India detains 52 in pirate 'mothership' capture

India detains 52 in pirate 'mothership' capture

MUMBAI : The Indian navy and coastguard captured a suspected pirate "mothership" and detained more than 50 people after a firefight on Sunday off southwestern India, the defence ministry said. "There were 52 people in all," defence ministry spokesman Captain M. Nambiar told AFP but was unable to specify the numbers of suspected pirates and rescued hostages, nor could he give their nationalities. All were found on board a Thai fishing vessel that had been hijacked up to six months ago off the coast of Somalia and is thought to have since been used as a floating base to mount attacks on shipping, a ministry statement added. Mumbai police said they were expecting to interview all those detained when they arrive in the city. Indian navy and coastguard were sent to hunt the pirates after the crew of a Greek-flagged vessel said they had been attacked some 100 nautical miles west...

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Somali pirates capture Chinese vessel off Yemen

straitstimes.com 06 Feb '11, 1am

SANAA - SOMALI pirates hijacked a Chinese commercial ship off Yemen's western port of Al-Hudaydah, Yemen's interior minist...