March 09, 2011

Alabama attacked, again

ABC News "The Maersk Alabama was targeted again by suspected Somali pirates today, a U.S. official told ABC News." BY KIRIT RADIA

'This is at least the third time pirates have targeted the Alabama, including the famous attack involving Capt. Richard Philips in the spring of 2009.

'The official said that four suspected pirates approached the ship in a skiff, and a hook ladder could be seen in the boat. When the skiff came within half a nautical mile, the ship's captain authorized warning shots to be fired.

'The pirates continued to approach, and the captain ordered aimed shots, which convinced the skiff to turn around and sail away.

'Those shots likely were fired by contracted security on board, something that was added to the Alabama after the 2009 attack.'

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