South Korean Navy Commandos Rescued Samho Jewelry Vessel Crew From Somali Pirates

By on Jan 22, 2011 in Asia, Current Events, Events, World Comments
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South Korean Navy Rescue Operation
Image Credit: South Korean navy via Yonhap/AP)

A South Korean ship reportedly hijacked by Somali pirates was rescued by South Korean navy commandos.

International news reported that Samho Jewelry vessel, a South Korean chemical ship with 21 crew on board was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea on January 15, 2011. The ship was said to be on its way to Sri Lanka from the United Arab Emirates.

On January 21, 2011, an operation to rescue its crew members was conducted. The South Korean navy commandos stormed the hijacked vessel in the Indian Ocean. Five of the pirates were captured while eight of them did not survive in the cabin-to-cabin battles. According to reports, the captain of the ship was shot and wounded by a pirate while the other 20 crew members were rescued unharmed. Furthermore, no South Korean navy was harmed during the rescue operation.

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak said: “We will not tolerate any activities that threaten the safety and lives of our people.” He also added that the military carried out the raid perfectly under difficult circumstances.

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