Pirate Attacks by Shoot-to-Kill Guards Fuel Debate

A video recorded by armed security personnel aboard the Avocet bulk carrier ship shows armed guards opening fire on an approaching skiff that they believe carries pirates. The video, presented at a shipping conference in December and leaked on the Internet last month, has fueled debate within the industry over the ethical use of force at sea. (Video via LiveLeak. Source: Bloomberg)

EU set to back strikes on Somali pirate lairs

The European Union will likely approve plans Friday to strike Somali pirate equipment on beaches, widening the scope of its naval operations four years into a mission to protect shipping.

Germany had voiced reservations about plans to allow EU warships to fire at trucks, supplies, boats and fuel stowed on the coast of Somalia, but a minister indicated Thursday that Berlin would now back the plans.