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Nato forces thwart pirates besieging Turkish bulker

London: The Nato anti-piracy mission has thwarted an armed attack by pirates on a Turkish bulker in the Gulf of Aden. Turkish media reports say  gunmen in two speedboats launched an assault on the 58,000 dwt vessel. Tipped off about the attack by a Turkish frigate,  a German helicopter was sent to frustrate the pirates. The 19-man Turkish crew of the Elgiznur Cebi were said to be safe and unhurt.
The vessel, owned by Istanbul-based Kaptan Demir Celik, was on a voyage from Yuzhny, Ukraine to Damman in Saudi Arabia. Last month Somali pirates seized another Turkish bulker Horizon-1 with 23 crew on board. Ransom negotiations are ongoing.  [14/08/09]

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