Private Guards stop Somali Pirates, killing one pirate

From Fox News:

NAIROBI, Kenya - Private security guards shot and killed a Somali pirate during an attack on a merchant ship off the coast of East Africa in what is believed to be the first such killing by armed contractors, the EU Naval Force spokesman said Wednesday.

The death comes amid fears that increasingly aggressive pirates and the growing use of armed private security contractors onboard vessels could fuel increased violence on the high seas. The handling of the case may have legal implications beyond the individuals involved in Tuesday's shooting.

The guards were onboard the MV Almezaan when a pirate group approached it twice, said EU Naval Force spokesman Cmdr. John Harbour. During the second approach on the Panamanian-flagged cargo ship which is United Arab Emirates owned, there was an exchange of fire between the guards and the pirates.

An EU Naval Force frigate was dispatched to the scene and launched a helicopter that located the pirates. Seven pirates were found, including one who had died from small caliber gunshot wounds, indicating he had been shot by the contractors, said Harbour. The six remaining pirates were taken into custody. . . .

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Blogger Sherm said...

The most disgusting thing about this episode is the claptrap being spouted by the powers that be about legal implications, expanding violence, etc. etc. etc.
Pirates have been dealt with for thousands of years with varying degrees of effectiveness but always with finality (at least in regards to the individual pirate). Only in our so called enlightened age are they not treated as the scourge they are.

3/24/2010 1:39 PM  
Blogger OldSouth said...

Anyone, anywhere, attempting to hijack a ship on the high seas is fair game.

Hasn't that always been the law of the sea?

Seven pirates out of commission, one permanently. A good days work, and I hope the guards get a performance bonus.

3/24/2010 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Sherm, this talk of 'legal implications' is absolutely insane, as well as the talk of 'growing violence'. Yeah let's end the violence, just submit to the pirates like sheep, give all they want, and there will be no violence. I guess some don't realize that robbery is ex-post slavery, so the victim should use violence to stop it. To ask a journalist to think two inches deep on any subject is too much for his or her brain. It’s a mode of thinking so silly that it’s even childish to be honest.

3/24/2010 3:16 PM  
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6/22/2010 2:34 AM  

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