European Union naval forces on Monday night carried out their first raid on mainland Somali pirate bases—and said several of the pirates’ boats have been destroyed. Pirates based in Somalia are believed to be holding about 17 ships and 300 crew, including a Greek oil tanker that was attacked in the Arabian Sea just last week. The raid was carried out overnight and European forces said no Somalis were injured. While the EU has been reluctant to carry out a land-based attack for fear of the crew on the ships, the multinational forces recently agreed to expand operations to land as well as sea.
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