The Danish support vessel Absalon, which currently heads Task Force 150
operations in the Gulf of Aden has detained five Somali pirates after
sinking their vessel, according to Admiral Danish Fleet.
The Absalon detained the pirates after a dramatic incident in the Gulf of
Aden, during which pirates attacked a Netherlands-flagged vessel. The crew
were able to repulse the pirates, setting fire to their skiff with an
emergency flare, after which the pirates abandoned ship and were picked up
by the Absalon.
The burning skiff was then sunk by fire from the Absalon.
The last time that Absalon detained Somali pirates, it was forced to release
them on the Somali coast as Denmark determined it had no jurisdiction to
bring the pirates to trial. It is unclear what will happen to the pirates
detained on Friday.