MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 29 (UPI) -- A Russian navy ship boarded a suspected Somali pirate vessel Tuesday night, detaining 29 alleged maritime marauders, a Russian Defense Ministry source said.
Crew of the Russian antisubmarine ship Admiral Panteleyev overtook the smaller boat about 15 miles east of the Somali coast, ITAR-TASS reported Wednesday.
"During the inspection, the crew found seven Kalashnikov guns, handguns of various brands, aluminum ladders for ascending aboard, navigation equipment, including the satellite one, reserve tanks with fuel, and a big amount of empty cartridge cases," a Russian Defense Ministry source told the news agency.
The sources said it appeared the 29 pirates detained were among those who had made two abortive attempts to seize the TF Commander oil tanker the day before.
The Moscow Times reported the Russian crew of that Liberian-flagged ship used water hoses to fend off the pirates. The newspaper said three small pirate vessels attacked the ship, owned by Novorossiisk Shipping Co., and its crew of 23 Russians in the Gulf of Aden. The would-be hijackers, armed with automatic weapons and grenade launchers, opened fire on the vessel but were outmaneuvered, a company statement said.
The tanker continued on its voyage to Singapore with no injuries or damage reported.