Pirate Attack Thwarted After Gun Battle August 16, 2011Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
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Somali pirates attempted to board a ship in the Indian Ocean on Monday night and were stopped after a short gun battle by the security forces on board. The pirates in two speedboats fled after the short exchange of gunfire. The important point to be taken from this example is that armed security is effective and does not need to be lethal. Pirates are rational actors and as such, they are not going to engage in a lengthy gun battle and risk loss of life to board a ship with professionally trained security when there are thousands of unarmed vessels in the region. In this example, gunfire was exchanged and nobody was hit, wounded, or killed. The exchange alone was enough to deter the would be hijackers.