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Danish military kills 4 pirates off Nigeria coast

The Danish military says the crew of one of its warships operating off West Africa have killed four pirates in a gun battle.

A statement said the frigate Esbern Snare accompanied by a helicopter approached a speeding motorboat south of Nigeria on Wednesday.

There were eight men on board with ladders and other tools often used by pirates to board ships.

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After warning shots were ignored the suspected pirates opened fire on Danish troops.

The military said four of the pirates died and one was injured; there were no Danish casualties.

Several countries have deployed ships to the region after more than 130 sailors were taken from vessels in the region last year.

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