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NATO ships foil Somali pirate attacks

After Somali pirates attacked a Norwegian tanker Saturday, NATO ships and helicopters pursued them for seven hours in a chase that ended with warning shots being fired, a NATO spokesperson told USA Today.

A Canadian ship caught the pirates, but released them because they could not be prosecuted under Canadian law, the BBC reported.

An American ship, the USS Halyburton, was also part of the pursuit, USA Today reported.

The pirates dumped most of their weapons before they were stopped, but were disarmed of their remaining weapons and questioned before they were released, USA Today reported.

Both French and U.S. forces have recently taken action against the pirates, with U.S. troops killing three pirates and French troops killing one, the BBC reported.

More than 80 ships have been attacked by pirates this year, USA Today reported. They also are holding hostage 310 crewmembers from different ships.