European armed forces strike pirates in Somalia

By Piracy

“Two nights ago, they came with small speedboats to the seashore of the town, but they went back without shooting,” one man told.
Another one said in early morning raid and of having his work interrupted: “We were preparing to go in the sea for fishing last night, but we heard the noises of helicopters moving upstairs in our sky.”
Civilians also informed that the European heli attack that strafed the pirate skiffs, which the pirates call their hunting ships, destroyed several old-fashioned Arab dhows, wooden sailboats used by bandits to ferry supplies to captured ships.
2 months ago, the European Union toughened its anti-piracy mandate to let forces guarding the Indian Ocean attack bases on Somali land. Earlier the forces were able to pursue pirates only at sea.
The order is accurate, though, that the European forces are not supposed to step ashore. An information from the European Union emphasized “at no point did EU Naval Force ‘boots' go ashore.”
EU officials told no one was hurt in the attack. In interview, a pirate announced the bandits had heard the sound of helis coming and had run away.
Somali pirates have attacked hundreds of vessels in the past years, including a sailboat skippered by a retired British couple and rusty fishing trawlers to a 1,000-foot-long supertanker property of the Saudi government. The Somali pirates have gained hundreds of millions of dollars from the hijackings, money that they often put in weapons and men. Currently, they have attacked vessels as far away as Sri Lanka, more than 2,000 miles from home.