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Pirates attack U.S. cargo ship but fail to get aboard

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  • The Liberty Sun, a U.S.-flagged cargo ship, attacked by pirates
  • Pirates weren't able to make it aboard the ship
  • Coalition ship escorting cargo ship as it continues to Mombasa, Kenya
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From Mike Mount
CNN Pentagon Producer
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Liberty Sun, a U.S.-flagged cargo ship bound for Mombasa, Kenya, was attacked Tuesday by Somali pirates, according to a NATO source with direct knowledge of the matter.

The pirates never made it onto the ship. The vessel is now being escorted by a coalition ship, still bound for Mombasa.

The source could provide no details on where the vessel was attacked but said it is suspected the pirates were based on a mother ship somewhere in the area.

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