German Navy arrest nine Somali pirates

March 4th, 2009 - 12:12 am ICT by IANS  

Berlin, March 3 (DPA) The German Navy arrested nine people Tuesday following a dramatic action to head off a pirate attack on a German merchant vessel off the coast of Somalia.
According to the German defence ministry, a vessel owned by a Hamburg-based shipping company, the MV Courier, was attacked by pirates early Tuesday morning.

The ministry said that the pirates were armed with anti-tank rocket launchers and firearms.

US Navy helicopters thwarted the attack with soldiers of the German frigate Rheinland-Pfalz a short time later seizing the pirate’s boat and arresting nine people, the ministry said.

Some of the pirates were from Sudan, it added.

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