The crew of the Turkish frigate TCG Gemlik (F-492) on yesterday captured seven Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden after an trading ship (M/V APL Finland) came under attack.
The Anadolu news agency citing Turkish military said that after the seven men in a boat fired upon the M/V APL Finland, a Turkish military on patrol in the area sent in a helicopter and special forces to ward off the attack and capture the pirates.
Piracy is rampant in the waters near Somalia, which has not had a functioning government since 1991.
The European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and several non-European states have contributed warships to the region to protect international shipping and aid transports.
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