Three suspected pirates were released at sea in a small boat after being jailed for six weeks on a Danish warship off the coast of West Africa. The Danish Armed forces failed to secure a country willing to detain the alleged pirates, so they were released near Nigerian seas, with enough food and fuel to make it to land. This is the first time a suspect in piracy has been deported to Denmark. The suspected pirates were arrested in November after a fatal shootout in the Gulf of Guinea following their claimed attack on a container ship. Due to its oil and gas ships, the gulf has been recognized as a piracy center for years. However, national authorities and international naval ships have increased their efforts to improve security in the region.