Eleven suspected pirates have arrived in the United States to face criminal prosecution for alleged attacks on U.S. Navy ships near Somalia, a federal government source said Friday.
U.S. authorities flew the suspects from East Africa to Norfolk, Virginia, to face prosecution in federal court, according to multiple federal law enforcement sources familiar with the operation.
The accused pirates have been indicted on a series of charges, and the suspects were expected to appear before a federal magistrate in Norfolk on Friday, the officials told CNN.
Five of the accused pirates were captured after the USS Nicholas was attacked by a pirate ship on March 31.
Six others were captured in a separate incident April 10 after a pirate ship fired on the USS Ashland.
The 11 have been charged with piracy under the law of nations, attack to plunder a vessel, assault with a dangerous weapon in the special maritime jurisdiction, conspiracy to use firearms during a crime of violence, and use of a firearm during a crime of violence, according to court filings.
The five involved with the Nicholas incident were identified as Mohammed Modin Hasan, Gabul Abdullahi Ali, Abdi Wali Dire, Abdi Mohammed Gurewardher, and Abdi Mohammed Umar.
Source: Terry Frieden for CNN.