Somali pirates fire at Spanish warship: EU

8th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Somali pirates used a Japanese vessel they seized last month to attack a Spanish warship but were beaten off, the European Union's anti-piracy force said Monday.

Spain's Infanta Christina corvette was escorting a supply ship chartered by the African Union mission in Somalia when it came under small arms fire on Saturday evening from pirates aboard the Izumi, NAVFOR said.

The Spanish warship responded by firing "warning shots" because hostages were aboard the pirate-controlled vessel, Lieutenant Colonel Per Klingvall, spokesman for the EU mission, told AFP.

The attack was foiled without "injury or damage" and the Infanta Christina and the supply ship continued toward their destination, Mogadishu, without any other incident, the EU mission said in a statement.

The 14,000-tonne Izumi was carrying 20 Filipino sailors and a load of steel products when it was hijacked on October 10 in the Somali Basin.

© 2010 AFP

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