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Vietnam vets stave off pirates
Taiwan hailed on Monday the bravery of five Vietnamese war veterans who launched a surprise assault on six armed pirates and successfully took back their vessel after it had been hijacked off East Africa.
The former Vietnam war fighters had been recruited by Taiwan to be part of a 28-man crew on the 'Chin Yi Wen', a 290-ton vessel, along with nine Chinese, eight Filipinos and six Indonesians.
The crew, who had been out of contact with the ship since Friday according to the foreign ministry, forced the six armed Somali pirates to jump overboard, and successfully took back control of the ship.
Liu Wan-tien, the owner of the vessel based in the southern Taiwanese city Kaohsiung, said the five Vietnamese sailors launched the surprise assault on the pirates as they were having a meal, the state Central News Agency reported.
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