Wednesday, November 19, 2008

India destroys pirate ship off Somalia

The Indian Defense Ministry announced today that the Indian warship INS Tabar destroyed a suspected pirate ship in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Africa.

It's the second major show of force from India this week in the world's most dangerous waters, which only days ago saw the seizure of the MV Sirius Star, a Saudi supertanker now being held for ransom in Somalia. A Greek ship and a Thai fishing boat have subsequently been captured.

India may be leading the way in a renewed international response to Somali pirates, who are accountable for some 80 attacks this year. In recent weeks, they have become more brazen in the size of the ships they seek and the distance they are willing to travel off the coast for their booty.



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  2. The INS Tabar, which is patrolling the Somali coast for pirates, approached the pirate ship and asked it to stop to be searched. Seized in the Indian Ocean some 800 km off the African coast, the Sirius Star is now anchored at the Somali pirate lair of Harardhere, according to local officials.