ANKARA, March 21 (KUNA) -- A Turkish warship foiled a pirate attack on a
Turkish commercial ship in the Gulf of Aden, the army late Friday.
The daily "Hurriyet" quoted Turkish army spokesman Metin Gurak as saying
that cargo vessel MV Ulusoy 8 reported it was being attacked by pirates on
board two fast-moving skiffs on Thursday.
He said the TCG Giresun immediately headed toward the region and sent a
helicopter, foiling the attack.
The warship is part of the multinational task force designed to combat
Somali pirates that have preyed on vessels plying the important shipping lanes
in the region.
Three Turkish vessels were hijacked for ransom in the Gulf of Aden in 2008,
with the last of them being released on February 2. (end)
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