Private guards kill Somali pirate for first time.

Private security guards shot and killed a Somali pirate during…

Private security guards shot and 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.

The death comes amid fears that increasingly aggressive pirates and the growing use of armed private security contractors onboard vessels could fuel increased violence on the high seas. The handling of the case may have legal implications beyond the individuals involved in Tuesday’s shooting.

“This will be scrutinized very closely,” said Arvinder Sambei, a legal consultant for the U.N.’s anti-piracy program. “There’s always been concern about these (private security) companies. Who are they responsible to?”
The guards were onboard the MV Almezaan when a pirate group approached it twice, said EU Naval Force spokesman Cmdr. John Harbour. During the second approach on the Panamanian-flagged cargo ship, which is United Arab Emirates owned, there was an exchange of fire between the guards and the pirates.

An EU Naval Force frigate was dispatched to the scene and launched a helicopter that located the pirates. Seven pirates were found, including one who had died from small caliber gunshot wounds, indicating he had been shot by the contractors, said Harbour.

A statement by the Spanish Ministry of Defense said the warship Navarra had intercepted two skiffs and a larger vessel believed to be a pirate mothership. Spanish forces arrested the six remaining pirates, took custody of the pirate’s body and sunk the larger boat, it said.

The two smaller skiffs had many bullet holes in them, the statement said. Spain was trying to reach the Somali government to hand over the body and get the cargo ship’s crew to identify the detained suspects as their attackers. Spain was also trying to reach the ship’s owner so formal charge of piracy could be laid and the detainees turned over to the Seychelles or Kenya under an agreement the two countries have with the EU.
Sambei said the case could become legally complicated. Investigators would have to establish who had jurisdiction — the flag the vessel was flying, its owners or the nationality of the contractors — and who was responsible for the security contractors in order to set up an independent inquiry, she said.

Source: AP News

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  • borgie

    Lets not worry about a private security forces killing pirates – at least they are doing their job -not like the wimpy US Navy who have to get permission from Obama to take them out.

    These attacks won’t ever stop until these pirates are killed on the spot and fed to the sharks. What rights do they have – none – the violent killers.

    Until PC wimpy America wakes up, we are going to be the whipping boy for the rest of the world. The Muslims will keep killing our servicemen and women until we shoot back. That Fort Hood attack just shows how stupid and girly America has become when our own top brass can’t protect our own service men and women.

  • Jerry

    Good job! If they attack wipe them out. Maybe if they do this more often this type of action will stop. Make the cost of doing business too high.

  • william

    “who are they resposible to?” -scary
    how can these people sleep at night? They are worried about the pirate s rights,what about looking after the victims rights for a change?????Piracy is turning into a easy quick money making scheme.Why go through all the legal red tape,shoot them and leave them, the sharks will do the rest,and they(prospective pirates) will soon work out it is not worth the risk