The Taiwanese captain of a hijacked fishing vessel that was used by Somali pirates as a mothership for launching attacks was killed recently by crossfire from the frigate USS Stephen W. Groves, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The USS Stephen W. Groves was then on an anti-piracy mission, the ministry said in a statement issued yesterday.
The 79-tonne fishing boat Jih-chun Tsai No. 68 was hijacked by Somali pirates off the east coast of Africa on March 30 last year.
The Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau confirmed to the ministry that captain Wu Lai-yu (吳來于) had been killed and the boat had been sunk.
BURIAL AT SEA
The ministy said it was told by the US that a solemn burial at sea was conducted for Wu.
Officials at the American Institute in Taiwan were asked to explain the matter to the ministry a few days ago and the ministry has demanded that the US present an investigative report into the incident, the ministry said in a press statement.
The Taiwanese representative office in Washington was told to contact the US government to facilitate communication with Taipei, the ministry said, adding that the US and NATO are in the process of investigating the incident.