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Somali pirates fired on La Somme, a French navy vessel
By David at 10/07/2009 - 17:02

What are you thinking when they fired on the mighty French navy vessel?
 
France is a key member of the EU's naval mission, Operation Atalanta, fighting Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. It has aggressively tracked and caught suspected pirates and handed over at least 22 to Kenya. An additional 15 suspects were brought to France for prosecution after allegedly seizing boats belonging to French nationals.
 
Early Wednesday, Somali pirates in two skiffs fired on a French navy vessel after apparently mistaking it for a commercial boat, the French military said. The French ship gave chase and captured five suspected pirates. One skiff fled, and La Somme pursued the second one in an hour-long chase.
 
No one was wounded by the volleys from the Kalashnikov rifles directed at La Somme, a 3,800-ton refueling ship, French military spokesman Rear Adm. Christophe Prazuck said.
 
 


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