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Piracy - May 26

London, May 26 - A press report, dated today, states: The Swedish navy arrested seven pirates early today as they tried to hijack bulk carrier Antonis in the lawless waters off Somalia, Sweden's military said. "Seven pirates were detained by personnel on board the Swedish corvette HMS Malmoe overnight. The pirates were caught when they tried to board a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden," a statement said. The Swedish navy had responded to a distress call from the vessel, which said it was under attack from pirates using rocket-propelled grenades. The ship was still under attack when HMS Malmoe arrived at the scene. "The Swedish vessel fired warning shots into the air with cannons, machine guns and snipers to try to get the pirates to stop their attack," the statement said. "At the same time, special forces went out under cover of darkness and boarded the fishing boat. Seven pirates were seized, as well as two pistols, a GPS navigator and a ladder," it said.





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