A suspected pirate has been shot dead as private guards repelled an attack on a cargo ship off Somalia, in what may have been the first such incident.That is another way to impact the pirate economic model. Increase risk.
...Pirates had launched an attack on the MV Almezaan. This was successfully repelled by members of an "armed private vessel protection detachment" on board the ship, who returned fire.
A second attack was also repelled and the pirates fled the area, Navfor said.
A helicopter from the Navarra sighted the suspected pirates' boats and ordered them to stop, firing warning shots when they refused to do so.
When a team from the Navarra boarded the vessels, they found three suspected pirates in one skiff and three in the second, along with the body of a fourth man.
If you want to learn more about private security firms and what they do - listen to the interview with Kevin Doherty on Midrats - or read the one I did with him last fall at USNIBlog.
UPDATE: Via Howie @ Jawa;