Wednesday, October 7, 2009

French captures Somali Pirates

From Bloomberg News

Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The French navy captured five Somali pirates who attacked a naval tanker in the Indian Ocean, the French Defense Ministry said.

The Somme was heading toward a scheduled refueling with ships of the European Union Atalanta anti-piracy mission at 1 a.m. local time today, when two skiffs approached the vessel, Captain Christophe Prazuck, the ministry spokesman, told reporters.

Shots were fired at the French ship, which was about 250 nautical miles from the Somali coast, Prazuck said. The tanker then turned to engage the boats, prompting their crews to attempt to escape, he said. No one was hurt in the incident.

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