GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12952 posts, RR: 79 Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1022 times:
A major security operation is now underway in the English Channel.
The cargo ship MV Nisha has been intercepted by the frigate HMS Sutherland and boarded by Royal Marines, after intelligence reports of 'a significent threat to national security'.
The ship, whose largely Indian crew are co-operating with the Marines and anti-terrorist police, is carrying 23,000 tons of raw sugar.
Initial searches have found nothing, more in-depth searches will follow.
The ship last docked in Dibojti (SP), which borders Sudan and Yemen, which has known Al-Queda cells.
MV Nisha was due to dock at Silvertown in East London.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12952 posts, RR: 79 Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 923 times:
It's owned by an Indian shipping firm, who have offices in London.
The tabloid press may say that the Royal Marines special forces, the SBS, stormed the ship, but as the crew co-operated fully, (who wouldn't with a heavily-armed Type 23 Frigate bearing down on you?), it's more likey that the SBS, customs and police officers, boarded with consent.
No idea yet if it was a geniune attempt at an attack, or if it was loaded with explosives or chem/bio. weapons.