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Somali pirate sentenced to life over USS Ashland attack – Justice Dept

A 31-year-old Somali man was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for engaging in piracy and other offences in connection with an attack on a U.S. Navy ship seven years ago, the U.S. Justice Department said.

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Mohamed Farah, 31, of Somalia was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the attack, the Justice Department said in a statement. Another five Somalis have already been tried and convicted for their roles in the attack and are serving prison terms, the Justice Department said.

The USS Ashland, a landing dock ship, was participating in anti-piracy operations off the coast of Djibouti in April 2010 when it came under fire from pirates in a skiff. The Ashland fired two rounds at the skiff with a 25mm gun, setting it ablaze and forcing the pirates to abandon ship, the Navy said. The six pirates were rescued and later handed over to authorities.

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