EU Naval Force Strikes Pirate Base on Somali Coast

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union's anti-piracy naval force has carried out its first air attacks against a pirate base on the Somali coast.

EU NAVFOR said in a statement Tuesday that initial reports show no Somalis were injured in what was described as the “focused, precise and proportionate” attack against “known pirate supplies” on the Somali shoreline. The exact location of the strike or nature of the target was not provided.

The airstrike is the first by the EU naval force since it was given authorization in March to strike pirate equipment stored on land. Until Tuesday, it had only carried out attacks in Somalia's territorial and internal waters.

The group said the attack had the full support of Somalia's transitional government and that EU ground troops were not involved in the operation.

Nine warships and five naval boats are currently part of EU Naval Force, which is part of a comprehensive approach to combatting piracy in the Horn of Africa.