European Union forces attack pirate targets on Somali shore
An armed pirate keeps watch along the coastline at Hobyo town, northeastern Somalia, in 2010.
May 15th, 2012
07:01 AM ET

European Union forces attack pirate targets on Somali shore

European Union naval forces on Tuesday struck Somali pirate targets on the coast of the country in the first raids by the European force on the Somali mainland.

“We believe this action by the EU Naval Force will further increase the pressure on, and disrupt pirates’ efforts to get out to sea to attack merchant shipping and dhows," Rear Adm. Duncan Potts, operational commander of the force, said in a statement.

Several pirate attack skiffs, the small boats pirates use to attack merchant vessels in the open ocean, were destroyed in the raid, said Timo Lange, media officer at the naval force's headquarters in England.

No Somalis were injured in the raid, which was conducted entirely by air, the force's statement said.

"The local Somali people and fishermen – many of whom have suffered so much because of piracy in the region, can be reassured that our focus was on known pirate supplies and will remain so in the future," Potts said in the statement.

On March 23, the Council of the European Union said the naval force would be permitted to attack pirate installations on shore.

The force currently has nine warships and five maritime patrol aircraft operating off Somalia under Operation ATALANTA, which began in December 2008.

In April, the International Maritime Bureau reported that pirate attacks off Somalia had decreased dramatically during the first quarter of the year as compared to a year earlier.

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  1. jaintn

    Why haven't they done this before? They should bomb them on a daily basis until they knock it off.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ron in California

    It's about time..

    May 15, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. GD

    I have been saying they need to take out the boats along the coast for years... If the fisherman and locals wont give up their locations then they are part of the problem and don't deserve to have boats either!!!

    May 15, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • ncoclub

      Hey about living in fear of having your whole family killed and see how fast you would give information. It's easy to judge from your nice couch you j3rk!!!

      May 15, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. ComSenseWiz

    They should attach GPS signals to these boats. Then when they are miles out at sea, drone the boats which takes out the boats and the worthless chimps in them. Call it a twofer.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. SilverSide the pIRATE

    Yarr, You can't stop us, you break it, we rebuild, we can build extra just in case and pad our numbers, and we always have maties willing to cut a throat. We may be needing to cut more throats just for the Yarr.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tanker4202

    Captain Jack Sparrow would never stand for this...

    May 15, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jay Noyd

    shiver me timbers mates. Ay, We must take the sword, go up to that mansion and run the mate through!

    May 15, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ralph

    "The local Somali people and fishermen – many of whom have suffered so much because of piracy in the region, can be reassured that our focus was on known pirate supplies and will remain so in the future,
    Just who do they think the pirate's are when they aren't on the water pirating?

    All the Euros did was generate business for the local boat vendors who probably buy European anyway.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sal

    Kill em all, who cares........... They are much better off dead anyway.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Loyal Democrat

    Nukes should have been used.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mark

    Get a super large blow torch and set fire to everything in Somalia . Pirate and Torrorist issues sorted out .
    It wont crash the world economy if a cess pool of a country just disapears ,it will in fact improve the world economy

    May 15, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. OregonTom

    Automatic rifles should be legal to carry on the high seas. Our oceans are "the wild west".

    May 15, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. Aaron

    Yay, for stopping Piracy!
    Boo, for the poverty that causes it!

    May 15, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Handy

    Kill 'em all and let God sort 'em out!

    May 15, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  15. Gary S.

    I have a simple solution. Charter cruises to Somalia thru the NRA!!!
    I'm sure there are a lot of NRA members that would simple love the thrill and excitement of hunting pirates.
    They even have their own weapons too!!
    Maybe offer something special like renting the Captains flying bridge with a quad 50 mount and 1000 rounds.
    Now that's a cruise for me.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • BobZemko

      Great idea !!! All those NRA guys who are 5' and shorter with tiny Johnsons have to have something to prove they are men . . . .

      May 15, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • J.C.

      What's up with these NRA detractors obsession with male genitalia?

      May 15, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Rogue351

      Great idea GARY S. That is exactly what the world needs more nut jobs with guns running around killing people. Just because you have an NRA card does not give you the right to shoot people. And it most certainly does not qualify you for combat. It is sick that you could look at these pirates as no more than clay pigeons. I agree they are a nuisance and they are costing the world a lot of money by their actions. But making a sport out of controlling them would not win any of the first world nations favor. Next time think before you speak. I know that is difficult but at least try.

      May 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
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