Danish navy says four pirates have been killed in a shootout off the coast of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria.
“No Danish soldier was injured but five pirates were shot dead,” the soldier said.
“Four of the robbers were killed. One was injured, ”he added.
The incident took place on Wednesday when Isber Sinare, who had been patrolling the area since early November, tried to board a pirate boat.
Danish forces fired warning shots, and the pirates immediately opened fire.
The statement said, “Danish troops took action in self-defense and returned fire.”
Danish Prime Minister Matt Friedrichsen told a news conference that the military intervention “may have prevented a significant pirate attack on nearby ships.”
Frederickson Esbern Snare, who is scheduled to visit a Danish ship at the end of his visit to Ghana on Thursday, has made a significant contribution to the security of the Gulf of Guinea.
Anne Stephenson, head of the Danish Shipping Owners’ Federation, praised the intervention.
“The presence of Danish troops is very important, and while this may seem daunting, piracy is worth it,” she said.
Eight pirates were drowned after the attack, and one of them was seriously injured.
The Gulf of Guinea, which covers 5,700 kilometers (3,540 miles) from Senegal to Angola, was hit by 195 attacks in 2020.
According to the International Maritime Bureau, 135 out of the 135 hostages took place in the region that year.
“An important task is to protect Danish and other merchant ships in the area,” Defense Minister Trin Bramson told Ritsa news agency.
Copenhagen announced in March that it would send a fleet of about 40 Danish ships to control the area daily.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is currently to visit neighboring Ghana and Esbern Snare.