The crew of a Libyan-owned cargo ship disarmed their sleeping Somali captors yesterday, killing five of them to regain control of their vessel that had been hijacked almost three months earlier, officials said. A sixth pirate managed to lock himself in a room and call other pirates before the crew took him hostage. The EU anti-piracy force sent the closest warship to provide assistance. A group of pirates on another hijacked vessel tried to block the warship, but when the warship's helicopter approached the pirates changed course. The MV Rim was seized on 3 February in the Gulf of Aden.
Thursday 3 June 2010 08.40 BST