Two hostages were killed and 16 others freed when a Danish warship intercepted a cargo vessel that had been hijacked by pirates off Somalia’s coast.
Navy spokesman Kenneth Nielsen said Tuesday that 17 pirates were detained in Monday’s anti-piracy operation. He declined to give the nationalities of the hostages.
Danish ship HDMS Absalon had been following the hijacked vessel for several days, Nielsen said. The cargo ship had been used as a mothership from which pirates sailed out in smaller boats to attack other vessels.
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