Russian special forces arrest Somali pirates

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The force commander for the EU Naval Force said that Russian special forces stormed a disabled oil tanker and arrested the Somali pirates aboard.

Rear Admiral Jan Thornqvist said today's dawn raid took place against the Liberian-flagged ship Moscow University, which was boarded by pirates early yesterday.

The special forces were aboard a Russian warship that rushed to the scene after the attack. The special forces boarded a helicopter and were winched down to the Moscow University, which is carrying 86,000 tons of crude oil worth roughly 50 million US dollars.

Rear Admiral Thornqvist said shots were fired during the raid but that no one was injured and the crew was safe. The pirates were arrested.