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New Policy Doesn't Allow Pirates To Have 1 Free Shot

June 19 2012

United Kingdom

The British government has issued new shooting guidelines to armed guards on ships dealing with pirates in the Indian Ocean, reports the Scotsman.

The new guidance is clearer than earlier versions and designed to provide security teams with more explicit permissions, said Henry Bellingham, the parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Guards are now authorized to fire first to fend off Somali pirates, Bellingham said in the House of...

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