European Union naval forces, transported by helicopters and with the aid of two warships, have launched an attack on pirate bases in the mainland of Somalia, destroying at least five ‘fast attack craft’ being used in seizing vessels across the Indian Ocean, BBC said.
This was the first time the naval forces have attacked the pirates in their land bases after the EU expanded, just recently, ‘Operation Atalanta,’ allowing forces to attack land targets as well as those at sea.
The attack was carried out overnight, with the full support of the Somali government after extensive surveillance, carrying an objective of flushing them out of their safe haven onshore and to disrupt their ‘business model and upset their logistics.’
In a statement, the European naval mission said "The focused, precise and proportionate action was conducted from the air and all forces returned safely to EU warships on completion."
It wasn’t clear, however, if the forces were able to bring a pirate-seized ship back to their home base. Somalia-based pirates were believed to be holding to date about 17 ships and 300 crew of which they demanded huge ransom for their release.