Five suspected Somali pirates accused of attacking a U.S. Navy ship could be sent to the United States to face criminal proceedings, according to U.S. military officials.
This is only the second time U.S. authorities have brought pirate suspects from Somalia to the United States to possibly face trial.
The five are being held aboard the USS Nicholas - the guided-missile frigate they are accused of attacking - off the Horn of Africa and will be transferred to Department of Justice authority in the coming days, officials said.
Although the United States worked with Kenya to create a system to try pirate suspects in that country, the Kenyan government told Washington that its court system is overburdened and cannot accept more cases.
The suspects are expected to be moved to the U.S. base in Djibouti and then flown to Norfolk, Virginia, according to the officials.
- From CNN Senior Pentagon Producer Mike Mount