Armed Guards have been credited for preventing a pirate attack on a bulker in Somalia.

The attack took place on Sunday in one of the highest-risk areas for piracy.

The cement carrier NACC Valbella was travelling 90nm south of Mukallah, Yemen when it became victim to a pirate attack.

Security firm LSS-SAPU had been employed to provide armed guards to protect the vessel in case of an attack like this. The guards lit flares and fired warning shots, in line with their response policy. The attacking vessel opened fire forcing the guards to fire another volley of warning shots.

The pirates eventually abandoned the attack.

The ship did not suffer material damage and no injuries were reported.

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