US Marines recapture pirate-held ship

US marines stormed a pirate-held ship off the Somalia coast today and took nine prisoners.

The raid took place just before dawn, said the US Navy.

The German-owned Megellan Star was commandeered by pirates a day earlier.

No injuries were reported among the vessel’s crew or the Marines.

US warships are part of a 25-nation task force protecting merchant vessels from pirate attacks off the coast of lawless Somalia and in nearby shipping lanes.

Last month, Denmark said a helicopter from one its warships fired warning shots and foiled a pirate attack off Somalia.

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