ONI Advisory: Merchant ship fired upon in Arabian Sea

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April 1, 2011

The Office of Naval Intelligence has just issued an advisory warning mariners of an attack on a merchant vessel.  According to the statement, a merchant ship was fired upon by pirates from one skiff today, April 1, at 0230Z  approximately 221 NM southwest of Salalah, Oman at 14:05N 051:43E.  The mothership is said to be an off-white hulled fishing vessel. This area will remain high risk for at least 24-48 hours.

ONI advises mariners to avoid transiting near the area, if possible, or use all counter-piracy measures and employ all best management practices.

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