More than 30 pirates missing

MOGADISHU - More than 30 Somali pirates are missing at sea and colleagues said yesterday they feared they had drowned or been attacked by crews of foreign warships.

MOGADISHU - More than 30 Somali pirates are missing at sea and colleagues said yesterday they feared they had drowned or been attacked by crews of foreign warships.

Patrols by foreign navies off the lawless Horn of Africa state have failed to stop hijackings by the heavily armed sea gangs in the strategic shipping lanes that link Europe to Asia.

The French military said on Wednesday that one of its naval vessels had repelled a night assault by pirates who apparently believed it was a cargo ship, capturing five of the attackers. - Reuters

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