Pirates may try to avenge South Korean rescue: Official

Last week, South Korean Navy rescued all crew members aboard a hijacked ship.

Updated: Jan 24, 2011, 16:23 PM IST

Seoul: South Korea says it has intelligence that Somali pirates may attack South Korean ships in retaliation for the killing last week of eight pirates by Korean commandos.

Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin told reporters on Monday that South Korean ships sailing in the Gulf of Aden must strengthen safety measures to prevent such an attack. He didn`t elaborate on the intelligence.

Last Friday, a team of South Korean commandos launched a daring raid on a hijacked cargo ship in the Arabian Sea, rescuing all 21 crew members. Five pirates were captured and eight killed in the rescue.
The Defence Ministry quotes Kim as saying that South Korea is considering bringing the five captured assailants to South Korea to have them stand trial.

Bureau Report