Gripping

Pirate “Mother Ship” Sunk

After weeks of international press attention, the Somali pirates have apparently suffered a setback. The Indian Navy has sunk a pirate "mother ship" in the Gulf of Aden. The crew of the Indian warship reported seeing hands on deck of the Somali ship with automatic weapons and RPGs. Upon radio contact, the Indian Navy said the pirates threatened to blow them up, so they retaliated out of self defense. "From what we see in photographs," said a senior Indian officer, "the pirate vessel is completely destroyed." The retaliation comes as pirates claim to begin negotiations over the Saudi oil tanker they seized on Saturday, which contains over $100 million of oil. Two motorboats were seen fleeing the sinking pirate ship.