7 May 2010

Russian forces seize hijacked oil tanker

1:49 pm on 7 May 2010

Russian forces have stormed a Russian oil tanker seized by Somali pirates off the coast of Yemen, freeing the crew in a dramatic rescue operation.

Forces based on the warship Marshal Shaposhnikov approached the tanker which had 23 Russian crew on board, the BBC reports.

The Russian forces then boarded the vessel, the Moscow University freeing the crew who had locked themselves in a safe room after disabling their ship.

As they did so, the pirates opened fire, sparking a shoot-out.

Ten pirates have been arrested, and one was killed during the gun battle. They are being held aboard the tanker.