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Tuesday 22 July  
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Dar es Salaam, Kenya
Dar es Salaam, Kenya

Tanzanian navy captures pirate in sea battle

Published on : 28 September 2010 - 12:28pm | By RNW Africa Desk (Photo: AFP)
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The Tanzanian navy has captured a suspected Somali pirate after a gun battle in the Indian Ocean.

The incident happened on Sunday night off the South Tanzanian coast, in an area where oil and gas firm Ophir Energy has an exploration vessel.

"The navy vessel was seriously damaged and was pierced, with at least 50 bullet holes,"a Regional Police Commander Steven Buyuya said.

Two Tanzanian soldiers were wounded. After the clash, navy and police boats chased the pirate boat. They arrested one suspected pirate, who was brought to Dar es Salaam for interrogation, but the others escaped.

Tanzania has agreed to prosecute Somali pirates after the European Union called for other African nations to share the financial and security burden with Kenya and the Seychelles.

Prosecuting pirates
Kenya has taken the lead in prosecuting sea bandits seized by foreign navies in the Gulf of Aden's busy shipping lanes.

In a separate development, the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) said it would four suspected pirates to Kenya. The suspects were captured by a Spanish naval ship on Friday after thet they had taken hostage nine Kenyan crew members and a Somali translator on a Kenyan dhow.

EUNAVFOR said the four would be transferred to Kenyan authorities in Mombasa. Since EUNAFOR signed an agreement with Kenya, 75 suspected pirates had been handed over. So far 14 had been convicted and sentenced to five years each.

source: Reuters

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