16 Dec 2012

Attempt to free ship taken by pirates

6:47 am on 16 December 2012

Security forces in the Puntland region of Somalia are trying to free a ship seized by pirates more than two years ago.

A BBC correspondent reports the operation began several days ago.

Three pirates were killed on Tuesday when a pirate boat was intercepted carrying weapons and supplies to the vessel.

Piracy off the coast of Somalia has decreased significantly this year.