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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Somali Pirates Overthrown by Taiwanese Crew

The crew of a Taiwanese fishing boat has overthrown the group of Somali pirates who hijacked their vessel last week.

The 28-member crew of the Chin Yi Wen was taken hostage off the coast of East Africa on November 4, reports the BBC. The ship disappeared from radio contact as the six Somali perpetrators took control of the ship.

The armed pirates initially took control of the boat, but were defeated when the crew fought back.

According to Taiwan's Fisheries Agency, three sailors were injured, while the pirates fell into the sea. Their fate is unknown.

The fishing crew later sought the assistance of the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), an international anti-piracy task force that patrols the area under the supervision of the U.K.

The International Maritime Bureau has said “better policing and improved security have reduced successful hijackings by Somali pirates this year.”

Attacks linked to Somalia made up more than half the piracy incidents reported worldwide. A U.S. study found that maritime piracy costs the global economy between $7 billion and $12 billion a year.

Source: Allmediany

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