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article imageCaptured Somali pirates to be put on trial in India

By William Charles Baker     Feb 11, 2011 in World
Mumbai - More than two dozen Somali men who fired on Indian Naval and Coast guard ships have been taken into custody and will be tried for attacking the vessels.
After opening fire on the naval vessels they ran up the white flag and surrendered. The pirates operating further and further off the Somali coasts have begun to get closer to Indian waters.
The EconomicTimes reports: “On Sunday, 28 pirates were captured in the Arabian Sea, about 225 miles (360 kilometers) from the Indian mainland _ and much closer to a string of Indian islands. Authorities have also noted that attacks are increasing in number, brutality and organization. `"Their sophistication is phenomenal and better than some of the smaller navies in the region,'' P.K. Ghosh, a maritime expert, said.
The pirates were said to be carrying pistols, assault rifles and rocket launchers which they threw overboard as the Indian ships approached. Using captured boats the pirates have launched attacks previously in the area.
IndiaToday reports: “The 28 pirates are all of Somali origin. The navy also rescued 24 Thai fishermen who were being held hostage aboard the trawler. They were all transferred to CGS Samar. The coast guard ship is now en route to Mumbai, with Prantalaya in tow. While the pirates will be interrogated by security agencies before being handed over to the Mumbai police, the fishermen will be handed over to the Thai embassy, coast guard officials said. According to a defence ministry statement, all 52 people apprehended by the navy were found on board a Thai fishing vessel that had been hijacked about six months ago off the coast of Somalia. The vessel is thought to have since been used as a floating base to mount attacks on ships, the statement added. Fifteen suspected pirates - 12 Somalis, two Ethiopians and a Kenyan - face trial in India after they were caught in the same area on January 28. They were also said to have used another hijacked Thai fishing vessel as a mother ship.”
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