United Arab Emirates U-S sailors have boarded a suspected pirate ship in the Indian Ocean and detained 26 men for questioning.
A Navy spokesman says the 16 Indians and ten Somali men were aboard a traditional dhow (dow) that was chased and seized yesterday by the U-S guided missile destroyer U-S-S Winston Churchill.
According to the Navy, the dhow stopped 54 miles off the coast of Somalia after the Churchill fired warning shots. U-S sailors then boarded the ship and seized a cache of small weapons.
Sailors aboard the dhow told Navy investigators that pirates hijacked their vessel six days ago near Mogadishu and used it to stage attacks on merchant ships. The crew and passengers are being questioned.
Piracy is rampant off the coast of Somalia.