A Danish naval patrol killed 4 pirates in an alternate of fireplace within the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria, Denmark’s armed forces say.
“No Danish soldiers were injured, but five pirates were shot,” the army stated on Thursday, Aljazeera reviews.
“Four of the pirates died. One was injured.”
The incident happened outside Nigeria’s territorial waters, a spokesman said.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when the frigate Esbern Snare, which has been patrolling the area since early November, attempted to board the pirate boat.
It was reported that the Danish forces fired warning shots, and the pirates immediately fired back.
“The Danish soldiers acted in self-defence and returned fire,” the assertion stated.
It was the primary time the frigate opened hearth through the present mission to the Gulf of Guinea, the spokesman stated.
The remaining 4 pirates had been taken on board the frigate, the army stated. After the capturing, the pirate ship sank.
A piracy hotspot stretching 5,700 km (3,540 miles), from Senegal to Angola, the Gulf of Guinea noticed 195 assaults in 2020.
The similar yr, 130 of 135 hostage-takings at sea occurred within the area, in keeping with the International Maritime Office.
The Danish helicopter-equipped frigate and its 175 sailors “are fulfilling an important task by protecting Danish and other commercial vessels in the region”, Defence Minister Trine Bramsen instructed information company, Ritzau.
Copenhagen in March introduced it was sending the vessel to patrol the zone, the place some 40 Danish ships function every day.
Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and foremost opposition lawmaker Jakob Elleman had each deliberate to go to the frigate throughout a go to to Ghana on Wednesday and Thursday.
Danish tabloid, Ekstra Bladet reported on Thursday that they had not been on board the frigate through the incident.
The frigate will function within the gulf till April 2022.