NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - For the second time, Somali pirates attacked the Norfolk-basedMaersk Alabama.
But this time, the result -- very different.
Sitting calmly in Port, an American Flag waves on the MaerskAlabama, but a few hours ago the situation was anything butcalm.
Suspected Somali Pirates approached the Maersk in a skiff about350 miles west of the Somali coast -- and attacked with automaticweapons.
Guards on-board the cargo ship returned fire and managed to fendoff the attempted take-over.
Shane Murphy was Second in Command of the Maersk when piratesfirst attacked the ship 7 months ago.
"We feel like we may have an additional target on our backbecause of what happened and the way in ended badly with CaptainPhillips." said Murphy.
Sharpshooters killed 3 of the pirates who held Phillips hostageafter the first attack.
In a phone interview, Phillips gave his reaction to thismornings violent assault,"This was something that is notunexpected. The pirates are still out there, the situation is stillthe same as it was for the past 3 years, so it's not surprising atall."
Murphy agreed, saying he even advised Maersk how to avoidleaving the ship vulnerable to another attack, "It was myrecommendation that we take that ship off the run or change thename or do something."
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