Suspected pirates face US trial

 BBC News

Five Somali men accused of firing at a US navy ship off the coast of Africa are set to face the first US piracy trial in more than 100 years.

The suspects apparently mistook the guided-missile frigate USS Nicholas for a merchant ship, west of the Seychelles, court documents said.

They allegedly fired on the ship which was patrolling the area for pirates; it shot back, forcing the men to flee.

The men were later captured and brought back to the US to stand trial.

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