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Somali pirates attempt attack on Dutch warship

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by ByaseL, Mar 18, 2010.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    NAIROBI, Kenya –

    These Somali pirates picked the wrong ship to hijack.
    Troops aboard the Dutch warship HNLMS Tromp fired warning shots Wednesday off the coast of East Africa as suspected Somali pirates in two small skiffs raced toward their warship, the EU Naval Force said.
    After the pirates realized they had made what spokesman Cmdr. John Harbour called a "rather silly mistake," they turned around and fled. EU Naval Force personnel tracked down the two skiffs and a third suspected mothership, finding ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades on board, said Harbour, a spokesman for the EU Naval Force.

    The two skiffs were destroyed and the pirates were set free on the mothership after it had been cleared of weapons.

    "This morning's attack may show a lack of sophistication in the pirate's selection of targets, but it should be a warning to the merchant community that the pirates will try to attack any vessel on the high seas," said Harbour.
    The EU Naval Force has disrupted 11 pirate attack groups off the coast of East Africa over the last two weeks as part of a more offensive mindset to stop pirate attacks, Harbour said.

    Experts say piracy will continue to be a problem until an effective government is established on Somalia's lawless shores. It has not had a functioning government since a socialist dictatorship dissolved into civil war 19 years ago. The current administration is too busy fighting an Islamic insurgency to tackle the well-armed and well-funded pirate bases along its 1,900-mile (3,100-kilometer) long coastline.
    The London-based International Maritime Bureau says Somali pirates captured 47 vessels last year and launched 217 attacks. More than 100 crew are still being held.
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    Nanu JF-Expert Member

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    I think EA Governments are also part of the deal either knowingly ir unknowingly. Most of the money (ransom) paid are ending up in Kenya and Tanzania mostly. The good indicator is the type of investment the Somalis are putting in these geographies especially in the real estate and hospitality which has increased several folds in the last 2 years. This for sure has to raise alarm and authorities should have made investigations to avoid being used as the cleansing of dirty money.
    Not only that this is dirty money but it poses a lot of future security risk in the region given the violence nature of most of Somalis and the way they like to fund some extremist groups which ofcourse might distablize the security in the area. The Somalis number in the Kenya and Tanzania has increased several folds and these are not the one in the camps they are freelance and investors. Where are they getting the monies? The crack of these source of their monies should be cracked down and the truth established. We don't want extremists in our countries. They will try to create extremists in the essence of religion which I don't think for Somalis is really an issue as most of them are Muslims but still kill each other on the basis clans, etc.... East Africa, please tell us what is going on with the mushrooming number and Somalis investments which has gained speed since the pirates started in the horn of Africa.... Extinguish the fire at the infant stage otherwise it will be wild soon and not later!!!!!
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    Injinia JF-Expert Member

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    Duh! Hapo walikosea step.

    Ila diplomasia ni kitu kingine bwana! Kwa akili ya kawaida mtu ungefikiria na wao washikiliwe, but wamenyang'anywa silaha na kuachiwa - kesho watarudi kazini