Thursday, December 18, 2008

Somali Pirates - We're Still Not Using Guns

Back in November I was perplexed as to why ships sailing near Somalia were not hiring mercenaries and arming themsevles with high powered guns. Well, it seems some companies have hired mercenaries and it didn't work, because they gave them NO GUNS!

From Bloomberg:

The owners of the Biscaglia, a Liberian-flagged chemical tanker, paid thousands of dollars for three guards to protect it from Somali pirates.

It didn’t work. Brigands struck on Nov. 28, seizing the 27,350-ton vessel and its crew of 25 Indians as it headed toward the Suez Canal. After failing to repulse the pirates with deafening sonic devices, the unarmed guards jumped ship to escape and were plucked from the Gulf of Aden by a German navy helicopter.
Guns people, Guns!

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