The Dutch navy arrested 13 pirates south of Oman in the Arabian Gulf on Wednesday.
The pirates had attempted to hijack a merchant ship, but failed and fled. The crew of HM Evertsen spotted the men and captured them. They are being held aboard the Dutch frigate. It is not clear where and when the prisoners, whose nationality has not been disclosed, will be charged.
Large quantities of arms and munitions were found on the pirate ships, as well as two Tanzanian fishermen. When interrogated they turned out to have been taken hostage a couple of months ago.
The Evertsen is in the area to protect food aid convoys to Somalia and to fight piracy off the Somalian coast as part of a European Union mission.
HM Evertsen of the Netherlands navy (Photo: Wikimedia/hebster)