May 26, 2009 / 11:44 AM / 10 years ago

Swedish warship captures pirates in Gulf of Aden

STOCKHOLM, May 26 (Reuters) - A Swedish warship captured seven pirates after they tried to attack a cargo vessel in the Gulf of Aden on Tuesday, Swedish armed forces said. The Swedish ship fired warning shots using cannon, machine guns and sniper fire to force the pirates to abort the attempted hijacking, the Swedish military said in a statement.

The Swedish corvettes HMS Malmo and HMS Stockholm, which are part of international efforts to fight piracy in the gulf, were ordered to help the cargo ship M/V Antonis after it radioed it was under attack early on Tuesday.

The Gulf of Aden lies off the Horn of Africa north of Somalia and south of Yemen.

A party from the HMS Malmo bordered a fishing vessel used in the attack and seized seven pirates and two guns as well as a GPS navigator, the military said.

No injuries were reported.

Somali pirate activity has continued in recent weeks despite the deployment of warships seeking to deter armed groups marauding in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.

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