A Danish frigate has killed four pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation to protect shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, reports Reuters quoting the Danish military.
“No Danish soldiers were injured, but five pirates were shot,” the military said. “Four of the pirates died. One was injured,” it added. The incident happened outside Nigeria’s territorial waters, a spokesman said.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when the frigate Esbern Snare, which has been patrolling the area since early November, attempted to board the pirate boat. The Danish forces fired warning shots, and the pirates immediately fired back.
First fire in mission
“The Danish soldiers acted in self-defence and returned fire,” the statement said. It was the first time the frigate opened fire during the current mission to the Gulf of Guinea, the spokesman said.
The remaining four pirates were taken on board the frigate, the military said. After the shooting, the pirate ship sank.
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