UK, US Sailors Capture Suspected Somali Pirates

Published January 13, 2012 9:09PM (EST)

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Navy says it has captured 13 suspected pirates off Somalia's coast in a joint operation with a U.S. Navy destroyer.

The defense ministry says helicopters, Royal Marine snipers and two military vessels — one British, one American — were deployed early Friday to intercept a dhow in the Indian Ocean.

Despite the show of force, the suspected pirates refused to stop, and surrendered only after Royal Marines boarded the ship.

The ministry said that the dhow had previously been identified as a pirated vessel operating in the shipping lanes of the Indian Ocean.

Capt. Shaun P. Jones, commanding officer of the British ship, said the 13 suspects had found Friday the 13th was "unlucky for them."

By Salon Staff

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