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Cmdr. Ciro Pinto: It felt like we were in war”
When you need a helping hand to defend yourself, Israelis are always the best bet by far to help secure your safety. They’re that well trained. KGS
Israeli private security guards exchanged fire with pirates who attacked an Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board far off the coast of Somalia, and drove them away, the ship’s commander said Sunday.Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire.“It felt like we were in war,” Pinto said.None of the roughly 1,000 passengers and 500 crew members were hurt, Melody owner Msc Cruises said in a statement issued by its German branch.Domenico Pellegrino, head of the Italian cruise line, said Msc hired the Israelis because they were the best trained security agents, the ANSA news agency reported.[…]Saturday’s exchange of fire was one of the first reported between pirates and a nonmilitary ship. International military forces have battled pirates, with US Navy snipers killing three holding an American captain hostage in one of the highest-profile incidents.
Saturday’s attack occurred about 325 kilometers north of the Seychelles, and about 800 kilometers east of Somalia, according to the anti-piracy flotilla headquarters of the Maritime Security Center Horn of Africa.
Pinto said the pirates fired with automatic weapons, slightly damaging the liner, and tried to put a ladder on board. But he said they were unable to climb aboard.
The commander said his security forces opened fire with pistols. The ANSA news agency said the pistols had been kept in a safe under the joint control of the commander and security chief.