Indian warship arrests pirates off SeychellesApril 28th, 2009 - 1:17 pm ICT by IANS
Madrid, April 28 (DPA) An Indian warship along with a French warship and a Spanish frigate intercepted and arrested nine alleged pirates suspected of attacking the Italian cruise ship MS Melody, media reports said.
The operation took place Sunday north of the Seychelles when the alleged pirates were detected near the position where the attack on the MS Melody took place late Saturday. The attackers abandoned one of their two boats, which was found by the Indian warship Nirdeshak.
The Spanish frigate Numancia pursued the pirates and after their arrest handed them over to the Seychelles’ authorities, as the pirates were detained in Seychelles waters.
Six pirates armed with automatic rifles attacked the cruise ship with 991 passengers and 536 crew on board Saturday evening, but the MS Melody, owned by Italy’s MSC Crociere SA was able to fend them off, with security personnel returning fire.
According to Campain Ciro Pinto, the ship was slightly damaged, but none of the passengers suffered any injures. The attack happened about 330 km off the Seychelles on the open sea about 1,100 km from the Somali coast.
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