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Old 30-10-2009, 10:52   #1
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Exclamation Pirate Attacks NE of Seychelles

Due to the presence of Warships countering the Somali pirate menace, the attacks are now happening further east and are putting the Seychelles definitely in the danger zone.

The latest attack was to the north east between the Seychelles and the Indian sub continent:

Traffic received from the National Intelligence Agency at 1630Z 30 OCT 2009 [208]

WESTERN INDIAN OCEAN. PIRACY.
A FISHING VESSEL WAS REPORTEDLY HIJACKED IN 01 55S 055 53E,
APPROXIMATELY 183 MILES NORTHEAST OF SEYCHELLES AT
290247Z OCT. SEVEN ARMED MEN BOARDED THE VESSEL AND
HAVE BEGUN TO DIRECT IT TOWARDS THE SOMALI COASTLINE.
THE VESSEL WAS LAST LOCATED IN 01 33S 055 17E AT
290936Z OCT. IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS, TWO FISHING VESSELS
HAVE BEEN HIJACKED BRINGING THE CURRENT TOTAL OF CURRENTLY
HIJACKED FISHING VESSELS TO THREE. FISHING VESSELS ARE
OFTEN USED BY PIRATES AS MOTHER SHIPS TO EXTEND THE
OPERATING AREA FOR PIRATES AND ALL VESSELS ARE ALWAYS
ADVISED TO STEER CLEAR OF KNOWN POSITIONS OF THESE
CURRENTLY HIJACKED VESSELS.
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