Somalis guilty of US ship attack

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A US jury has convicted five young Somali men of piracy in connection with the April attack on a US Navy ship.

Prosecutors said the men attacked the USS Nicholas after mistaking it for a merchant ship.

But the men’s lawyers maintained the five only fired their weapons to attract attention and get help.

The case marks the first piracy trial in the US since the American Civil War.

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