Italy troops to guard ships from pirates, ministry says.

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Italy is to start putting military guards on ships traversing the pirate-infested waters off the coast of Somalia, the Defense Ministry announced Tuesday.

Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa is signing an agreement Tuesday with the confederation of Italian ship owners to put military guards on board vessels in the area of the Indian Ocean at risk from Somali pirates, the ministry told CNN.

The decision comes a day after an Italian ship was attacked in the region.

The last message from the captain indicated that the vessel, the Montecristo, was attacked by a ship with five armed people, the D’Alesio Group said in a statement.

Source: CNN

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