Somali pirates attempt attack on Dutch warship

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Somali pirates searching for a high-seas victim picked the wrong vessel to hijack.

The EU Naval Force says pirates in two small skiffs on Wednesday made a fast approach toward the HNLMS Tromp, apparently oblivious to the fact they were approaching a Dutch warship.

A spokesman for the force, Cmdr. John Harbour, says the Dutch personnel fired several warning shots at the skiffs, who made a hasty retreat. Harbour says the pirates probably realized they made a “silly mistake.”

EU Naval Force personnel tracked down the skiffs and a third suspected mothership, finding ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades onboard.

The EU Naval Force has disrupted 11 pirate attack groups off the coast of east Africa over the last two weeks.
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