15 Jan 2012

Somali pirates captured by Royal Navy

12:08 pm on 15 January 2012

The Royal Navy has captured 13 Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean.

The Ministry of Defence in London says RFA Fort Victoria and a US Navy vessel intercepted their boat, which had refused to stop despite warning shots from a Royal Navy helicopter.

Marines in speedboats approached the vessel and boarded it, capturing 13 pirates and seizing weapons.

The BBC reports the operation was carried out around dawn on Friday.