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US Ship Crew Repel Somali Pirates

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8 Apr 09 | AJE

Somali pirates who attempted to hijack a US-flagged, Danish-owned container ship have been repelled by the vessel’s 20-strong US crew.

But the pirates, who attempted the hijack off the east coast of Africa on Wednesday, managed to capture the captain and were holding him hostage.

The high seas standoff drew an expression of concern from Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, who called on the world to unite to “end the scourge of piracy”.

“Specifically, we are now focused on this particular act of piracy and the seizure of the ship that carries 21 American citizens. More generally, we think the world must come together to end the scourge of piracy,” she said. >>>

Security firms hired to take on pirates

Many shipping lines have begun hiring private security companies to protect their cargo from pirate attacks.

Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan reports on the growing industry of armed contractors on the high seas (2:15):


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8 April 2009 at 7:26 pm

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