NATO Ships, Helicopters Foil Pirate Attack

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A NATO spokesman says alliance warships and helicopters have foiled an attack on a Norwegian tanker by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

Portuguese Lt. Cmdr. Alexandre Santos Fernandes says NATO interrogated, disarmed and released the pirates after a dramatic overnight chase involving Canadian and American forces.

The pirates attacked the MV Front Ardenne late on Saturday but fled after crew alerted warships in the area.

The pirates fled in their small skiff and were pursued by ship and helicopter for hours but only stopped after repeated warning shots were fired.

Lt. Cmdr. Fernandes said Sunday that the pirates were released because they cannot be prosecuted under Canadian law.

He said the decision to detain pirates was a matter for national authorities not NATO.

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  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 20, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    I say...if they are trying to attack a ship...go ahead and SHOOT THEM. Send a MESSAGE to others that THIS is what will happen!!
  • by robert Location: newport on Apr 19, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    Bring them to America. Let them be represented by lawyers. I'm sure they have rights. Put them on welfare. Give them a habitat house. Why should they have to work for a living.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    if you have ever downloaded a MP3, bought a bootleg dvd, or went to ECU, you're a pirate too! ARRRRGGGGHHHHHH!
  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on Apr 19, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    to Clifton: the reason that the pirates were released as you can imagine, this IS the new kind of justice. They'll go attack another vessell and the cycle will repeat itself. It makes me feel better. After all is piracy really a crime?? I mean after all these pirates are only trying to survive, and I'm sure it's our fault that they have to live this way.....Ha. Buzz-
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Apr 19, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    Why does not Obama let the US Navy use one of it's Attack Submarines. Hunt down and sink all the pirates mother ships. I think if a few of these ship got torpedoed and sunk. These pirates would become farmers.
  • by Tim Location: pit on Apr 19, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    I agree with you Clifton and you don't do that as Kimo said let em walk the plank then
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Apr 19, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    What the hell is going on here??? WHY did these IDIOTS let them go???????? Why should the US send manpower to help when stunts like this are pulled?? BLOW THEM ALL OUT OF THE WATER. NOW!!!!
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Apr 19, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    Why not just take care of 'em like pirates have always been taken care of. Let 'em walk the plank!!

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