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November 7, 2005

Unexploded grenade on attacked cruise ship

An unexploded rocket propelled grenade remained on board the cruise ship Seabourn Spirit when it arrived in the Seychelles today.

The vessel was attacked Saturday (see earlier report).

In an interview this morning with Brisbane radio station 4BC, Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, said that the attackers had launched two rocket propelled grenades at the ship.

"One of the rocket-propelled grenades hit the stern of the ship and bounced off into the sea, and the other one lodged into passenger accommodations but didn't explode," said Downer.

Downer said there were 13 Australians on the ship's manifest and there "were another six who booked to go on the ship in Australia and we're not sure whether they're on the ship or not."

Downer said a consular officer was in the Seychelles to meet the Australian passengers, "but probably not for a while because an American team is first of all going to get onto the ship and try and deal with the rocket-propelled grenade which is on the ship and is unexploded."