The Danish warship Absalon has freed 18 hostages from Somali pirates but two
hostages died in connection with the operation that targeted a pirate mother
ship off the Somali coast, according to Admiral Fleet Denmark.
The Danish Judge Advocate is to investigate the incident to determine how the
two hostages died.
According to the report, the Absalon had been shadowing a pirate mother ship
for some days. On Sunday night, the vessel attempted to make out from the
Somali coast into the open sea.
Warning shots and repeated orders for the vessel to stop were ignored,
whereupon NATO command gave the Absalon orders to fire at materiel on the
vessel, at which point pirates on board surrendered.
On board the vessel, Absalon crew found 17 suspected pirates and 18 hostages,
two of whom were seriously wounded. Although given immediate treatment by
Absalon medical staff, the two died.The
Danish warship Absalon which stopped a pirate mother ship on Sunday night and rescued 18 hostages. Two hostages died in connection with the operation, but it is not yet clear how. Archive.
“We cannot deny that it may have been us that caused the deaths. That is why
we have called in the Judge Advicate to determine what happened,” says naval
Captain Steen Engelbrecht Pedersen of Admiral Fleet Denmark.
The nationalities and identities of the freed hostages have not yet been
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