Indian navy capture 23 pirates
An Indian warship, the INS Mysore, was escorting merchant vessels in the region when it received a distress call, saying that two pirate boats were attacking a cargo ship, the Gibe. The pirates tried to escape when the warship and a helicopter approached.
According to the India Press Information Bureau statement, the Mysore closed in on the vessels and ordered them to stop. The larger boat, a dhow later identified as the Salahaddin, had a smaller one in tow. The dhow was boarded by Indian marine commandoes and a search was carried out.
Those arrested, 12 Somalis and 11 Yemenis, had a large cache of arms and equipment with them, including seven AK-47s, an RPG, three outboard motors and a GPS receiver.
The Gibe was flying an Ethiopian flag.
Meanhwile, negotiations with pirates over the crew of the Faina, a Ukrainian cargo vessel, captured by pirates off the Somali coast on September 25 are still in progress.