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Swede caught in Somali pirate attack

TT/The Local · 26 Apr 2009, 09:43

Published: 26 Apr 2009 09:43 GMT+02:00

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The Italian cruise ship Melody was on its way to Aqaba in Jordan when it was attacked by a party of six pirates in a small speed boat and armed with Kalashnikov rifles.

Security staff onboard the ship returned fire and repelled the pirates, the ship's captain Ciro Pinto confirmed to Italian news agency Ansa.

Petra Hansson at the foreign ministry in Stockholm confirmed that a Swedish man was among the 991 passengers and 536 crew when it came under attack.

The waters outside of Somali has become increasingly dangerous in recent months with a slew of attacks against shipping in the area. Most of the attacks so far have however been directed against commercial vessels.

The Swedish man onboard the ship sent a text message to his son in Sweden who in turn contacted the foreign ministry.

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According to the son his father had boarded the ship in Cape Town and was on his way to Genoa in Italy when the pirates caught up with the cruise ship north of the Seychelles.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:04 April 26, 2009 by zeero
Dear Local, you wrote "Security staff onboard the ship returned fire and repelled the pirates" and forgot to tell the the security stuff are Israelis!

you don't mess with the zohan.
16:05 April 26, 2009 by Qassim
Why are you much concerned about whether the security where Israelis or Italians? And in what is the point of your last sentence, "You don't mess with the Zohan"
17:58 April 26, 2009 by daruur
I am Somali and live in Sweden and i am really sad and angry about what is happening in the Somali eastern coast, I wish that the international community pay a little attention to the efforts of the Republic of Somaliland of fighting piracy. Just before day the self declared country captured 8 pirates and sentenced them to jail, what Somaliland need is more international help.
21:15 April 26, 2009 by Uncle
Why are you much concerned about whether the security where Israelis or Italians?


Because if there is some bashing of Israelis - the press, all kinds of Qassims and the beautiful swedes are in the first lines of attack on them. But when there is something brilliant, like the best security, Intel processors, breakthroughs in nano technologies, optics, aerospace, medicine, agriculture - it is not important!

What does it matter who were the people who managed to repel bandits that took more than 100 ships in 2008 without any interference? What does it matter that they saved a swedish citizen? What? Did someone say something positive about Israelis? How not liberal and not fashionable! Let's take the poor pirates' side because the evil Israelis beat them! Such miserable little things, these pirates... Again Israel imposes its will on others and does not even let sweet little pirates to take thousand passengers as hostages... What an evil, evil country!

Israel RULES!
21:18 April 26, 2009 by Uncle
to repel an attack of pirates that took hundreds of ships hostage in 2008?

Let's take the side of the pirates. Little poor pirates - evil Israelis did not let the poor things to take 1000 people hostage... What an evil, evil Israel
05:11 April 27, 2009 by wolfen
a shipful of goths will end all that nonsense.
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