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Somali pirates seize Turkish ore freighter

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Somali pirates captured a Turkish freighter in one of a spate of pirate attacks this week. Although most of the attacks were foiled, the high number of raids highlight the pirates' increasing danger in the Gulf of Aden, on Africa's east coast between Somalia and Yemen.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that the freighter, the MV Yasa Neslihan, was seized Wednesday, despite NATO's increased naval presence in the region, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

The AP adds that the US Navy said Wednesday pirates launched five other attacks recently, but all were foiled.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) writes that in one of those attacks, a Spanish patrol plane fended off a pair of pirate launches, which were attempting to reach a Panamanian oil tanker, by throwing smoke bombs at them.

The International Maritime Bureau, which has a center dedicated to monitoring high seas piracy, called for international forces to launch pre-emptive strikes against the Somali pirates' "mother ships" in order to stymie their attacks, reports Reuters.

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