12 March 2009

Incident: Yemen takes custody of 10 pirates

The Yemeni coastguard has taken custody of 10 pirates handed over by the Russian Navy. "Head of the Coastguard Ali Rasi said a Russian warship affiliated to the international forces captured the pirates three days ago on two boats while they were trying to take over a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden. Weapons were seized with the pirates that included machine guns and RPG launchers." The pirates now face prosecution in Yemeni courts. No details. (ONI Worldwide Threat to Shipping, 03/18/09)