NATO forces foil pirate attack on Norwegian tanker

Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:57am EDT
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ON BOARD NRB CORTE-REAL (Reuters) - NATO forces foiled an attack by Somali pirates on a Norwegian tanker then briefly detained seven gunmen after hunting them down under cover of darkness, NATO officials said on Sunday.

A spokesman aboard a Canadian warship, the Winnipeg, said it responded after pirates armed with rifles and grenades tried to board the 80,000-tonne MV Front Ardenne late on Saturday.

The pirates fled, throwing their weapons off their small skiff. They were caught hours later, questioned then released.