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Kenyan Navy Fires Rhetorical Broadside against Pirates

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

MOMBASA, Kenya -- The top Kenyan army officer staged a dramatic press conference in this port town on Monday, intending to strike fear in the hearts of Somali pirates that have waged an escalating war on shipping in African waters.

"Any attempt to commit any act of piracy within Kenya will be resisted very strongly," Gen. Jeremiah Kianga, chief of the General Staff, told reporters at a Kenyan Air Force forward operating base adjacent to the Mombasa airport. "We want to send the message to would-be pirates that they risk being sunk." ...

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