Indian Navy Seizes 23 Pirates, Arms, and Ammo

Pirates off Somali coast have grown brazen, upped attacks
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2008 5:08 PM CST
The Indian navy said it arrested 23 pirates who threatened a merchant vessel in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday, the latest in a series of recent clashes with Somali pirates.    (AP Photo/Press Information Bureau)
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(Newser) – The Indian navy has arrested 23 Somali and Yemeni pirates who tried to capture an Ethiopian merchant vessel off the Somali coast, CNN reports. Officials, whose helicopter sent the pirates scurrying for cover today, also recovered seven AK-47 automatic rifles, rockets, grenade launchers, and a GPS receiver. Pirates have attacked nearly 100 vessels off Somali’s coast this year and hijacked almost 40.