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Old December 2nd, 2008, 01:07 PM
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NAIROBI, Kenya - Pirates chased and shot at a U.S. cruise liner with more than 1,000 people on board but failed to hijack the vessel as it sailed along a corridor patrolled by international warships, a maritime official said Tuesday.

The liner, carrying 656 international passengers and 399 crew members, was sailing through the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden on Sunday when it encountered six bandits in two speedboats, said Noel Choong who heads the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Malaysia.

The pirates fired at the passenger liner but the larger boat was faster than the pirates' vessels, Choong said.

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Old December 2nd, 2008, 04:48 PM
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Are our cruise ship crews armed? I hear they have sonar waves that supposedly repel pirates but that doesn't seem sufficient. Are there guns on the cruise ships? That'll make me feel a lot safer.
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I hear they have sonar waves that supposedly repel pirates but that doesn't seem sufficient.
The pirates might be in too much pain from ruptured eardrums after a blast from the LRAD to continue chasing anything.

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