Danish patrol kills 4 pirates in Gulf of Guinea: Navy | Information
Frigate Esbern Snare noticed the suspected pirate ship close to a number of business ships, says Danish army.
A Danish naval patrol killed 4 pirates in an change of fireside within the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria, Denmark’s armed forces say.
“No Danish troopers have been injured, however 5 pirates have been shot,” the army stated on Thursday.
“4 of the pirates died. One was injured,” it added.
The incident occurred exterior Nigeria’s territorial waters, a spokesman stated.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when the frigate Esbern Snare, which has been patrolling the world since early November, tried to board the pirate boat.
The Danish forces fired warning photographs, and the pirates instantly fired again.
“The Danish troopers acted in self-defence and returned fireplace,” the assertion stated.
It was the primary time the frigate opened fireplace through the present mission to the Gulf of Guinea, the spokesman stated.
The remaining 4 pirates have been taken on board the frigate, the army stated. After the capturing, the pirate ship sank.
A piracy hotspot stretching 5,700 km (3,540 miles), from Senegal to Angola, the Gulf of Guinea noticed 195 assaults in 2020.
The identical yr, 130 of 135 hostage-takings at sea occurred within the area, in response to the Worldwide Maritime Workplace.
The Danish helicopter-equipped frigate and its 175 sailors “are fulfilling an essential activity by defending Danish and different business vessels within the area”, Defence Minister Trine Bramsen instructed information company Ritzau.
Copenhagen in March introduced it was sending the vessel to patrol the zone, the place some 40 Danish ships function each day.
Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and most important opposition lawmaker Jakob Elleman had each deliberate to go to the frigate throughout a go to to Ghana on Wednesday and Thursday.
Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet reported on Thursday they’d not been on board the frigate through the incident.
The frigate will function within the gulf till April subsequent yr.