- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 27, 2008

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE (AP) - Sierra Leone police say pirates attacked a Chinese fishing vessel in a rare attack off West Africa that ended with four suspects dead.

The pirates forced the crew to hand over their cargo of fish before being caught by security forces.

Police spokesman Mohamed Samura says four of the eight pirates were killed early Wednesday in a clash with the Sierra Leone navy. Two were shot and two drowned. The other pirates were arrested.

Samura said the pirates are from neighboring Guinea.

Piracy has become increasingly common off the coast of Somalia in East Africa. But it is relatively uncommon in West Africa.

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