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EU Force Bombs Somali Pirate Supplies in 1st Land Attack

The EU naval force operating off East Africa conducted its first air attack to destroy Somali pirates’ equipment on land, deploying a new tactic to protect the region’s merchant shipping.

There were no Somali casualties as a result of the assault, which took place earlier today, the European Union’s naval mission covering Somalia said on its website in an initial assessment. It’s trying to contain piracy in an area about 1 1/2 times the size of western Europe with nine warships and five patrol aircraft.