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U.S. Navy Detains Crew of Alleged Pirate Ship

From Times Wire Reports

U.S. Navy vessels pursued a suspected pirate ship in the Indian Ocean off Somalia and fired warning shots to capture its crew, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said.

The guided-missile destroyer Winston S. Churchill and other U.S. naval forces located the vessel after receiving a report of an attempted act of piracy, but the ship failed to respond to orders to stop.

The crew members were seized and U.S. sailors who boarded the vessel discovered small arms on board, the statement said.

It did not say how many suspects were held.

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Piracy has become rampant in the waters off lawless Somalia, where at least 23 hijackings and attempted seizures have been reported since mid-March.


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