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Foiled Pirate Attack, Courtesy NATO

An attempted attack on a Norwegian tanker by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, persisting into early Sunday morning, was thwarted with the help of NATO forces, according to CNN.

The failed capture of the MV Front Ardennes off the coast of Somalia, which took place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, resulted in the pirate attackers being apprehended seven hours later with the help of the NATO supported ship the HMCS Winnipeg, a Canadian navy ship, reported CNN.

The pirates were questioned but allowed free because Canadian law could not be enforced, reported The Christian Science Monitor.

A day earlier Dutch NATO commandos freed 20 pirate captives from Yemen, reported The Christian Science Monitor. This and Sunday's release of the pirates demonstrate the inability to bring justice to the offenders at sea according to The Christian Science Monitor.

At the moment the pirates off the coast of Somalia are believed to have 17 ships captured along with about 300 crew members. In some cases, ransoms exceeding a million dollars have been met for the release of a ship, according to VOA News.