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French frigate seizes Somali pirates

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
PARIS (Reuters) - A French frigate captured 11 Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday after foiling an attack on a Liberian-flagged merchant ship, the French defence ministry said. Naval forces from around the world are battling pirates in and around the Gulf of Aden, one of the world's busiest shipping routes where even intervention by the U.S. military has not stopped a new spate of hijackings and hostage-taking. The French frigate Nivose captured the pirates' mothership, which was carrying two small assault boats, some 900 kilometres east of the Kenyan port of Mombasa on Tuesday, the defence ministry said. "The centre of… Read More