Saturday, December 13, 2008

BBC: Indian navy captures 23 pirates

It’s good to see these guys starting to get what’s coming to them, as the BBC reports:

The Indian navy says it has arrested 23 Somali and Yemeni pirates who tried to storm a ship in the Gulf of Aden.

A navy spokesman said it had responded to a mayday call from MV Gibe, flying under the Ethiopian flag.

Several countries have warships patrolling the gulf amid growing international concern about piracy.

Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said better intelligence was needed for a land attack on pirate bases to be considered.

Mr Gates, speaking at a security conference in Bahrain, also called for shipping companies to do more to protect their vessels travelling through the Arabian Sean and Indian Ocean.

Piracy in the Gulf is quite lucrative, which is of course why the pirates are there. A concerted effort to take it to the pirates will likely dampen the enthusiasm of at least some of them, and perhaps result in the deaths of the rest.

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