BRUSSELS, May 22 (KUNA) -- Nine suspected pirates were captured Friday by
the EU NAVFOR anti-piracy taskforce after two merchant ships were attacked
this morning in the Gulf of Aden.
The suspects are currently being held on board the Italian warship
MAESTRALE, said an EU statement tonight.
The MAESTRALE dispatched a helicopter to the area immediately on picking up
a distress call early Friday morning when a Greek-owned merchant vessel was
attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade.
Twelve ships and two Maritime Patrol Air Surveillance are currently taking
part in the EU Operation off Somalia. (end)
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