Failed Dhow attack 5th June 2013

Press reports from Thursday, 6 June, revealed further information on the release of the dhow that was hijacked off Bosaso on Wednesday, 5 June. The dhow, which was identified as either ‘Shahi Faize Noure' or ‘Shaahin Nuuri', was boarded by Somali pirates whilst carrying livestock from Bosaso to Qatar with 14 crew members on board. However, when the pirates boarded the Indian-flagged dhow, the Master transmitted a distress signal to the naval forces in the area. The EU NAVFOR frigate, HSwMS Carlskrona, and the NATO frigate, HNLMS Van Speijk, steamed towards the scene. It was reported that the presence of the naval assets, which included a helicopter from HSwMS Carlskrona, compelled the pirates to abandon the dhow through the night of Wednesday. The crew and vessel are said to be safe following the incident.

Commenting on the incident, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant, the Operation Commander of the EU NAVFOR, said, “What is important is that fourteen Indian sailors are now safe and able to return to their families, after what must have been a terrifying ordeal. This latest attack once again shows that the threat from piracy is real. We must all remain vigilant”.