Pirate attacks worldwide
fell 18 per cent in the first half of 2010 from a year ago, as
patrols by several navies in the Gulf of Aden curtailed raids,
an international maritime watchdog said on Thursday.
The EU Naval Force freed six Somalis seized after their companion was shot dead by a private security contractor during an attempt to hijack a ship off the East African coast, a naval spokesman said Thursday.
Private security guards killed a Somali pirate during an attack on a merchant ship off the coast of East Africa in what is believed to be the first such killing by armed contractors, the EU Naval Force spokesman said Wednesday.