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U.S. Navy detains piracy suspects

February 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A multinational force seized seven suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the U.S. Navy said. Personnel from the U.S. guided missile cruiser Vella Gulf detained the seven after responding to a distress call from a merchant vessel, a Navy statement said.

Pirates have hijacked dozens of ships and taken tens of millions of dollars in ransom.

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