Frigate Esbern Snare noticed the suspected pirate ship close to a number of industrial ships, says Danish army.
A Danish naval patrol killed 4 pirates in an alternate of fireside within the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria, Denmark’s armed forces say.
“No Danish troopers have been injured, however 5 pirates have been shot,” the army mentioned on Thursday.
“4 of the pirates died. One was injured,” it added.
The incident occurred exterior Nigeria’s territorial waters, a spokesman mentioned.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when the frigate Esbern Snare, which has been patrolling the world since early November, tried to board the pirate boat.
The Danish forces fired warning photographs, and the pirates instantly fired again.
“The Danish troopers acted in self-defence and returned hearth,” the assertion mentioned.
It was the primary time the frigate opened hearth in the course of the present mission to the Gulf of Guinea, the spokesman mentioned.
The remaining 4 pirates have been taken on board the frigate, the army mentioned. After the taking pictures, the pirate ship sank.
A piracy hotspot stretching 5,700 km (3,540 miles), from Senegal to Angola, the Gulf of Guinea noticed 195 assaults in 2020.
The identical 12 months, 130 of 135 hostage-takings at sea occurred within the area, in accordance with the Worldwide Maritime Workplace.
The Danish helicopter-equipped frigate and its 175 sailors “are fulfilling an essential activity by defending Danish and different industrial vessels within the area”, Defence Minister Trine Bramsen informed information company Ritzau.
Copenhagen in March introduced it was sending the vessel to patrol the zone, the place some 40 Danish ships function every day.
Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and primary opposition lawmaker Jakob Elleman had each deliberate to go to the frigate throughout a go to to Ghana on Wednesday and Thursday.
Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet reported on Thursday that they had not been on board the frigate in the course of the incident.
The frigate will function within the gulf till April subsequent 12 months.