COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – A Danish frigate has killed 4 pirates in waters south of Nigeria in an operation aimed toward guaranteeing secure delivery within the Gulf of Guinea, the Danish navy stated on Thursday.
The frigate Esbern Snare, deployed final month to the Gulf of Guinea amid heightened safety dangers from pirates, on Wednesday noticed a vessel it suspected of carrying eight pirates close to a number of business ships, Danish Defence stated.
The incident occurred exterior Nigeria’s territorial waters, a spokesman stated.
After the frigate fired warning pictures, the pirates opened hearth in opposition to Danish personnel, who in flip shot and killed 4 pirates and wounded one in self-defence, Danish Defence stated in a press release.
It was the primary time the frigate opened hearth in the course of the present mission to the Gulf of Guinea, the spokesman stated.
The remaining 4 pirates have been taken on board the frigate, and no Danish personnel have been damage within the incident, the navy stated.
Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and predominant opposition lawmaker Jakob Elleman had each deliberate to go to the frigate throughout a go to to Ghana on Wednesday and Thursday.
Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet reported on Thursday they’d not been on board the frigate in the course of the incident.
The frigate will function within the gulf till April subsequent 12 months.
(Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen and Nikolaj Skydsgaard; Modifying by Alex Richardson)