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Russia Seizes Three Pirate Ships Off Somalia

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- A Russian warship has captured three pirate vessels off Somalia, news agencies quoted the Russian Navy as saying.

The nuclear-powered warship "Peter the Great" also detained 10 pirates on the boats, Interfax news agency quoted a spokesman for the Russian Navy as saying.

Pirates from Somalia target merchant ships sailing through the busy Gulf of Aden, which connects Europe and Asia via the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.

Navies from several different countries -- including the United States, Britain, India, and Russia -- now patrol the sea off the unstable Horn of Africa to deter pirates.

On February 12, the U.S. Navy said it had detained nine pirates.