USS Ashland Captures Possible Pirates

April 11th, 2010 - 7:52 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
ussDjibouti, Apr 11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A warship of the United States navy, USS Ashland, has captured a group of six men whom they suspect to be pirates responsible for the series of hijackings that are being carried out in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. The incident comes right after a Turkish bulk carrier, Yasin C, was hijacked on Wednesday, possibly by pirates, some 250 miles east of Mombasa. The ship, however, was abandoned by the hijackers, and it has been reported that the passengers were all unharmed in the incident. This is only one of the incidents that have been plaguing the navy in the region, where pirate activity has been constantly on the rise.

The capture of the suspected pirates took place on Saturday, some 300 nautical miles off the Djibouti coast. According to reports, the six people began to fire at the amphibious USS Ashland from their skiff. The skiff went up in flames when the navy ship also returned fire. All the six men were rescued from the waters, and were taken on board the navy ship. They were carried over to the USS Ashland in inflatable rigid hull boats, where they were given immediate medical assistance.

It has been reported that none of the crew in the navy ship suffered any harm, and neither was the ship itself damaged in any way. This was not the first encounter between the US navy and suspected pirates in the region. Two other encounters had occurred before this, the latest occurring only last Monday. Despite diligent anti-piracy methods being implemented, pirate activity does not show any sign of being curbed.

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