French naval vessel repels Somali pirates

Somali pirates in two small boats bit off more than they could chew when they attacked the French navy. They apparently mistook the supply and command ship La Somme for a harmless cargo vessel and tried to board her after opening fire with AK47s.

euronews channel-French military spokesman, Rear Admiral Christophe Prazuck explained what happened:

“The pirates were shooting, but to my knowledge there was no firing back from the crew of La Somme. But the strong intention to chase them away was enough to stop them after about an hour.”

No one was injured in the attack that took place almost 500 kilometers off the Somali coast.
Five suspected pirates in one of the boats were arrested; the second boat escaped. France is a member of the European Union’s naval mission patrolling the approaches to the vital trade route through the Gulf of Aden.


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  1. Somali pirates who hijacked a Chinese bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean have threatened to execute its 25 Chinese crew members if any rescue operation is attempted.

    The De Xin Hai was carrying about 76,000 tonnes of coal from South Africa to India when it was seized by gunmen on Monday about 1,200 kilometers miles east of Somalia.

    ”We tell China not to endanger the lives of their people with any rescue operation,” Hassan, an associate of the gang, told Reuters by phone from the pirate stronghold Haradheere.

    ”If they try that, we will execute the whole crew. We tell them to change their mind regarding any rescue, otherwise they will regret it. We know what they are planning to do.”

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said earlier in Beijing that his government had ”actively started rescue operations” for the ship, but declined to give details.

    Observers said they expected a diplomatic resolution.

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