Maldives arrests pirates

Maldives security forces capture pirate vessels

Mohamed Rehan

Defense Minister Adam Shareef Umar has confirmed the two sea vessels captured by local security forces during last week are pirates.

The captured vessels had hoisted Somalian flags on the boats to falsify their identity to Maldivian authorities.Speaking during the convocation ceremony of the basic training course for the new recruits of Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), Minister Umar said that the suspects on board both vessels captured have now been identified as hardened pirates who had been operating at large within their own waters for years.

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