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Somali pirates attack French military flagship

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  1. Mwenda_Pole

    Mwenda_Pole JF-Expert Member

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    Jamaa huko somalia "waliingia mkenge" walivamia meli wakidhani ni ya kibiashara kama kawaida yao. Jamaa ndani ya meli waka "cool down" maharamia wakapanda ngazi na kuingia ndani, kutahamaki..duh kumbe ni meli ya kijeshi. Jamaa wakawakamata kiulaini tu kama kuku walionyeshewa.
    soma chini..

    The pirates attacked the 160m ship in skiffs

    A group of Somali pirates has been captured after attacking a French navy ship by mistake, apparently thinking it was a harmless cargo vessel.

    French military spokesman Admiral Christophe Prazuck said the pirates attacked in skiffs late at night some 500km (310 miles) off the Somali coast.

    But the command and supply ship, the Somme, repelled the attack and chased the pirates, capturing five of them.

    Dozens of international warships fight piracy in Somalia's lawless waters.

    Once they realised they were facing a ship that was responding and was heading towards them, they stopped shooting and attempted to flee

    Postcard from a pirate capital

    The country has had no effective central government since 1991, leading to a complete breakdown of law and order, and pirates operate off the coast almost with impunity.

    Admiral Prazuck told French TV station La Chaine Info the pirates seemed to be surprised that the navy ship fought back.

    "Once they realised they were facing a ship that was responding and was heading towards them, they stopped shooting and attempted to flee," he said.

    "The Somme gave chase and intercepted one of the pirates' boats. All the weapons had apparently been tossed into the sea and the suspected pirates are now being held on board the Somme."

    About two dozen ships from European Union nations, including Britain, France, Germany and Italy, patrol the waters off Somalia - an area of about two million square miles.

    Although the international naval forces have stepped up patrols in the Gulf of Aden this year, relatively few of the pirates detained have faced trial because of the legal complexities involved.


    Source: BBC
     
  2. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    AFP/File – The French navy logistics ship La Somme sails in the Red Sea in 2004. Somali pirates attempted to storm …


    Wed Oct 7, 11:10 am ET

    NAIROBI (AFP) – Somali pirates attempted to storm the French navy's 18,000 tonne flagship in the Indian Ocean after mistaking it for a cargo vessel, the French military said on Wednesday.

    The crew of La Somme, a 160-metre (525-foot) command vessel and fuel tanker, easily saw off the brazen night-time assault by lightly armed fighters on two lightweight skiffs and captured five pirates, a spokesman said.

    "The pirates, who because of the darkness took the French ship for a commercial vessel, were on board two vessels and opened fire with Kalashnikovs," Admiral Christophe Prazuck said in Paris.

    La Somme is the French command vessel in the Indian Ocean, overseeing French air, sea and land forces fighting Somali pirates and hunting terrorists under the banner of the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Officers on the ship have directed commando operations to free French hostages in the hands of Somali pirates.

    The pirates tried to flee when they realised their mistake but were pursued by French forces who, after an hour-long chase, caught one of the skiffs, Prazuck said.

    On it they found five men but no weapons, water or food as the pirates had apparently thrown all of the boat's contents overboard, the spokesman said.

    A Western official at sea in the area, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said that there had been an exchange of fire between the warship and the pirate launches.

    "One of the skiffs managed to get away in the night because La Somme was busy with the first pirate boat," he said.

    "Despite the arrival of other vessels, they haven't yet managed to find the second boat," he said, adding that many warships in the area were busy hunting another group which attacked a cargo ship off the Seychelles on Sunday.

    The world's naval powers have deployed dozens of warships to the lawless waters off Somalia over the past year to curb attacks by pirates in one of the world's busiest maritime trade routes.

    La Somme was operating 250 nautical miles (460 kilometres) off the Somali coast, on its way to resupply fuel to frigates patrolling shipping lanes as part of the European Union's Operation Atalanta anti-piracy mission.

    This was not the first time that Somali pirates have mistakenly attacked a French naval vessel. Several pirates were captured in May when they attempted to board a frigate in the area.

    Somalia has had no proper government since it plunged into lawlessness after President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991.

    The country is riven by factional fighting and pirate gangs operate freely from several ports along its Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden coasts.

    According to the environmental watchdog Ecoterra International, at least 163 attacks have been carried out by Somali pirates since the start of 2009 alone, 47 of them successful hijackings.

    Last year, more than 130 merchant ships were attacked, an increase of more than 200 percent on 2007, according to the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

    Pirates have in recent weeks resumed attacks with the end of the monsoon season. Last week Somali gunmen captured Spanish fishing boat The Alakrana with 36 crew members in the Indian Ocean.

    The US Maritime Administration warned last month that the end of the monsoon season was likely to bring an increase in piracy off Somalia and urged shipping companies to be vigilant.

    Calmer waters allow pirates, who often operate in small fibreglass skiffs towed out to sea by captured fishing vessels, to hijack freighters, trawlers and private yachts. Cruise vessels have also been attacked.



    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20091007/wl_africa_afp/somaliapiracyshippingfrance_20091007151820
     
  3. JuaKali

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    hiyo summary yako siyo vile ilivyo, jamaa hawakukamatiwa ndani ya meli! Soma vizuri.

    " Jamaa huko somalia "waliingia mkenge" walivamia meli wakidhani ni ya kibiashara kama kawaida yao. Jamaa ndani ya meli waka "cool down" maharamia wakapanda ngazi na kuingia ndani, kutahamaki..duh kumbe ni meli ya kijeshi. Jamaa wakawakamata kiulaini tu kama kuku walionyeshewa.
    soma chini..
     
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    uporoto01 JF-Expert Member

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    Hapa jamaa waliingia choo cha kike hahaha!
     
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    Matarese JF-Expert Member

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    Maharamia walishambulia toka katika boti zao (zilikuwa boti mbili) na sio kwamba walipanda melini. Usipindishe habari ndugu.
     
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