Israeli security guards foil pirate attack on Italian cruise ship

Jerusalem Post:

Israeli private security guards exchanged fire with pirates who attacked an Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board far off the coast of Somalia, and drove them away, the ship's commander said Sunday.

Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire.

"It felt like we were in war," Pinto said.

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I am surprised more ship owners do not hire security guards. The Pirates of Somalia thrive on the lack of resistance. Even a modest amount of resistance appears to be effective. It looks like a good job for former Blackwater guards.

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