Official: SKorean navy blocks suspected pirates

AP News
Posted: Jul 04, 2011 5:08 AM
Official: SKorean navy blocks suspected pirates

South Korea says its navy has chased away three suspected pirate boats in Somali waters.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday that a helicopter dispatched from a South Korean destroyer fired a string of flares to warn the suspected pirates as they approached a 17,000-ton South Korean commercial vessel Saturday evening.

Joint Chiefs spokesman Lee Bung-woo says the boats completely disappeared from the commercial vessel's radar about half an hour after the flares were fired.

South Korea operates a 300-strong naval unit in Somali waters as part of U.S.-led multinational efforts to fight piracy there.