Dutch commandos freed 20 hostages in a raid on a pirate "mother ship" today, Reuters reports. The captives, Yemeni fisherman, had been forced to sail their vessel after it was hijacked by pirates for use in support of attacks in the Gulf of Aden. Seven pirates were briefly detained but the Dutch, on a NATO patrol, decided they had no legal power to arrest them.
"They can only arrest them if the pirates are from the Netherlands, the victims are from the Netherlands, or if they are in Netherlands waters," a NATO commander said. Assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades were found on the Yemenis' boat, which the Dutch discovered when they chased fleeing pirates after thwarting an attack on a Greek tanker.