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Somali pirates, security personnel in 4 shootouts
AP ^ | March 5, 2010 | KATHARINE HOURELD,

Posted on 03/05/2010 3:49:27 PM PST by LeoWindhorse

NAIROBI, Kenya – Signaling a new offensive mindset, international military officials vowed Friday to fight the pirates as swarms of Somalis moved into the waters off East Africa. Four shootouts with pirates showed that high-seas attacks are intensifying with the end of the monsoon season.

Nearly half the 47 ships hijacked off Somalia last year were taken in March and April — the most dangerous months of the year for ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

In the most serious skirmish Friday, six pirates attacked a vessel before breaking off and chasing the French fishing boat Torre Giulia, said Cmdr. John Harbour, spokesman for the EU Naval Force.

A French military detachment onboard a nearby ship fired warning shots at the pirates. The ship then approached the skiff and collided with it, sinking the skiff and throwing the pirates into the water. Four were rescued, but two others were missing, Harbour said.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2drowned; 4fishedout; kenya; maritime; pirates; skiff; somalia; somalipirates; sunk
no 'rescues '

They shoot , they get killed

Establish a 3 mile limit off of Puntland & Somalia Anything beyond that should be considered a free-fire zone. If the legitimate Somali fishermen have a problem with that let them take the matter up with their pirates that are forcing to world to take such extreme actions .

This has been enough already . What is needed now is 100's of floating dead pirates. Let the sharks feast .

1 posted on 03/05/2010 3:49:27 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: LeoWindhorse
A French military detachment onboard a nearby ship fired warning shots at the pirates. The ship then approached the skiff and collided with it, sinking the skiff and throwing the pirates into the water

Makes you wonder why they bothered with the warning shots. Given that the pirates had already been positively ID'd as such, by their attack on the French boat, I'd not have bothered.

How do you say "Fire for Effect", in French military speak?

2 posted on 03/05/2010 4:04:51 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: LeoWindhorse

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3 posted on 03/05/2010 4:07:33 PM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: LeoWindhorse
It's too bad submarines no longer have deck guns. Nothing like a giant steel fish rising out of the water to cause pirates to soil their breach cloths.

Of course they could just do an "emergency surface" drill and arrange to fall on the pirate boat.

4 posted on 03/05/2010 4:16:37 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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5 posted on 03/05/2010 4:19:41 PM PST by Jemian
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To: LeoWindhorse

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6 posted on 03/05/2010 4:45:18 PM PST by DougSc
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To: STONEWALLS; cardinal4

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7 posted on 03/05/2010 7:54:35 PM PST by Ax (I HOPE Obama will CHANGE back into a lizard before long.)
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