Pirates pounded

NAIROBI - Forces loyal to Somalia's Islamist movement stormed a ship hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast. They freed the vessel and its crew after a fierce gun battle on Tuesday, a maritime source said yesterday.

NAIROBI - Forces loyal to Somalia's Islamist movement stormed a ship hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast. They freed the vessel and its crew after a fierce gun battle on Tuesday, a maritime source said yesterday.

At least two of the six gunmen who had seized the United Arab Emirates' MV Veesham 1 last week were reportedly seriously injured in the clash. - Sapa-AFP

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