Pirates in two skiffs fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at the Hong Kong-flagged BW Lion, the European Union's anti-piracy mission said.The rich paydays, and the larger area - makes it harder to find them - is drawing them out.
The tanker's captain increased speed and took evasive manoeuvres, avoiding the attack, the force said. No casualties were reported. The naval force sent a plane from the Seychelles islands to investigate.
Pirates have launched increasingly bold attacks against vessels in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden in hopes of capturing a ship and crew and collecting ransom.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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