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Spain: Somalis sentenced for attacking boat in Indian Ocean

February 5, 2015

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has convicted six Somalis of piracy and membership of a criminal group and sentenced them to 16½ years each in jail for attacking a Spanish fishing boat in the Indian Ocean in 2012.

The National Court said the six were arrested by Dutch naval forces on Oct. 11, 2012, a day after they approached the Spanish tuna-fishing vessel Izurdia in a skiff and opened fire with AK-47 rifles.

The court said the Somalis gave up the assault attempt and fled after the Izurdia’s security guards began firing around the skiff.

The court statement issued Wednesday said the six were members of an organization based in Harare, Zimbabwe, dedicated to making money by attacking and taking over boats in the Horn of Africa area.

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