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HonestChieffan
03-01-2011, 12:12 PM
Its time to lay waste to everything within 30 miles of the coast.



Pirates seize Danish children in Indian Ocean


Three Danish children and their parents have been snatched by pirates who hijacked their sailing boat in the Indian Ocean, Danish officials say.

Denmark's foreign ministry said the children were aged between 12 and 16, and that two Danish crew members were also captured during the attack.

Pirates seized the boat on 24 February and were said to be heading to Somalia.

Piracy is a highly lucrative trade in Somalia, where gangs can often demand millions of dollars in ransoms.

As of last week, the EU's anti-piracy naval force said pirates were holding a total of 31 vessels and 688 hostages.

Many of the vessels they target are cargo ships sailing near the Gulf of Aden - one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

The Danish foreign ministry said the ship sent a distress signal on Thursday, adding that "it has now been confirmed that the boat was hijacked by pirates".

"It's almost unbearable to think that there are children involved and I can only sharply denounce the pirates' actions," Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen said.

She said that the Danish government would do "everything in our power" to help the hostages.

But Ms Espersen declined to provide further information about the pirate attack.

"Past experience has shown that too much information and commentary (on hostage-takings) threatens to undermine the cause" of the hostages, the minister said.

The Danes are the second group of non-commercial sailors seized by pirates in recent weeks.

A group of Americans was seized earlier in February, and four of them were killed as the US Navy tried to rescue them. US forces say the pirates shot them.

Analysts say the piracy industry is becoming increasingly lucrative - Somali gangs recently hijacked a tanker with $200m (136m) worth of crude oil on board.

International naval forces patrolling the area are becoming more willing to send in commando teams to free hostages.

But the pirates also appear to be responding with increasing violence - two Philippine sailors were murdered last month by pirates angered at an attempted rescue.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12600251

AndChiefs
03-01-2011, 12:28 PM
I don't understand why small sailing ships continue to go anywhere near there.

tooge
03-01-2011, 02:31 PM
or why these small ships that do aren't armed to the teeth with ARs

go bowe
03-01-2011, 02:39 PM
or why these small ships that do aren't armed to the teeth with ARs2 crewmen and a danish family?

they're gonna go head to head with pirates?

they'll need something heavier than assault rifles...

healthpellets
03-01-2011, 02:58 PM
I don't understand why small sailing ships continue to go anywhere near there.

and i don't understand why no one has stepped up to wipe out that entire piece of shyte nation.

i guess we're both without understanding today.

suzzer99
03-01-2011, 03:17 PM
All this says they were in the Indian Ocean. Another article says the Somali pirates are extending their range. The family probably thought they were beyond harm.

Edit: never mind, much longer article in the thread in The Lounge confirms they are idiots. How could you put your teenage children in harms way like that? Just fkin stupid. Pay whatever it takes for a military escort or go around Cape Horn.

chiefsnorth
03-01-2011, 03:23 PM
If it said "cheese Danish" then I would be in!

WV
03-01-2011, 03:35 PM
The only thing people like this understand is violence. So long as the world sits back and continues to let them do this it won't stop. Start delivering a couple of payloads with a F16 at the first sign of trouble.