The seven men arrested will be turned over to Kenya, which plans to set up a court to try pirates.
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The Navy Times reports that Vella Gulf personnel searched the suspects' skiff and found several weapons. The Navy plans to transfer the suspects to a US supply ship in which a hold has been outfitted as a makeshift prison guarded by Marines, before transferring them to authorities in Kenya, which is setting up a new court system to try foreign pirates.
The International Maritime Bureau said last month it had recorded 111 attacks in the waters off Somalia in 2008, nearly double the number in 2007. Other estimates run higher because ship owners don't always report hijackings.