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Danish special forces storm ship and free crew held by pirates

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Latest update : 2010-02-05

Danish special forces came to the rescue of a Slovenian cargo ship which had been captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, freeing the 25 crew members.

AFP - Danish special forces on Friday stormed a Slovenian cargo ship which had been captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, freeing the 25 crew members, a spokesman for the EU'a anti-piracy naval force said.
   
"It's the first time that an assault of this nature has taken place," John Harbour, spokesman for the European Union Naval Force (NAVFOR) told AFP.
   
The operation took place around 1100 GMT soon after the pirates seized the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged cargo ship Ariella.
   
The ship's crew had managed to send out a distress signal which the international coalition forces patrolling the waters off Somalia intercepted.
   
A plane from the EU anti-piracy force flew to the spot and called on a Danish NATO ship in the area to intervene with its special forces.
   
That was made possible after the whole ship's crew managed to lock themselves into a room on board, the spokesman said.
   

Date created : 2010-02-05

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