Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sierra Leone foils raid by ocean pirates

Freetown - The Sierra Leone patrol navy said on Monday that it had foiled an attempted attack by eight armed Guinean pirates on two licensed Chinese fishing trawlers in its waters.Navy sub-lieutenant Joseph Samura said the Guineans, aboard a pirate boat, two of them in military garb, had wanted to steal the two fishing vessels in the country's north-western exclusive territorial waters near Guinea."We searched the (pirates') boat and found two rifles and a quantity of magazines, fully loaded," Samura told reporters.A police official confirmed the arrest, adding that intensive investigations were under way. Sierra Leone has a 400km coast of exclusive territorial waters, where mainly Asian vessels have permits for commercial fishing.