World Bulletin / News Desk
The European Union's anti-piracy force attacked Somali pirate installations on Somalia's coastline by air on Tuesday for the first time since its mandate was expanded earlier this year.
The strike on what the EU force said was "on known pirate supplies" came four days after Somali pirates hijacked a Greek-owned oil tanker carrying close to a million barrels of crude oil in the Arabian Sea.
"We believe this action by the EU Naval Force will further increase the pressure on, and disrupt pirates' efforts to get out to sea to attack merchant shipping and dhows," Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Duncan Potts, said in a statement.
"The focused, precise and proportionate action was conducted from the air and all forces returned safely to EU warships on completion," the statement said, adding that initial surveillance had indicated that no Somalis had been wounded as a result of the attack.
The EU extended its counter-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia by two years in March, until December 2014, and expanded the area it covers to include the coastline itself.
Until Tuesday's attack, it had only operated in Somalia's territorial and internal waters. But its decision to extend its area of operations to include Somali coastal territory - land along the country's coastline - meant it was able to target pirates' weaponry and other equipment on land.
Sources in Kadhimiya hospital, where the victims of Sunday's explosion were taken, said the death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in a critical condition.
Mauritania hosts the two-day Arab summit for the first time
Article in The Atlantic claims Turkey has 'no democracy for it to lose'
Co-chair of Turkish/EU lawmakers' committee says Europe should prevent Gulen Organization's activities
Graham Fuller, a former CIA chairman has refuted claims that Fethullah Gulen was the mastermind of the coup. Gulen fled Turkey to the US in 1999 after officials charged him with trying to overthrow the state
Assault rifles and heavy weapons used in South Sudan were sold by a Polish millionaire involved in illegal arms sales
Taiwanese nationals in Greece have been arrested for a telecom gambling ring
Right wing Hungarian PM has said that for the EU and Hungary, Trump is the "better option"
Police say 'obvious link' between Munich gunman and Norway's Breivik
The presence of French troops has been a cause of contention and now militia are calling for people rise up against French troops
Angela Merkel has convened her security council over the Munich shootings
Irish leaders have come together to urge the borders to remain open despite the UK voting to leave the EU
Clinton says Virginia senator is 'a man who's devoted his life to fighting for others'
Turkish President Erdogan has for years strengthened his relationship with the masses and with people's trust in him enabled the coup to be around in only a few hours
Despite Israel illegally occupying the land of Palestine, a small group of Palestinian villages living in the hills of al-Khalili may also be forced to leave their homeland because of Israeli claims of living on an "archaeological site"'
Tighter rules and a blacklist of tax havens will be set up to crack down on multinational companies