The French navy has arrested nine suspected Somali pirates, foiling their attempt to hijack a cargo ship.
According to French military sources, the French Frigate Le Floreal, which was patrolling the waters off the coast of Somalia, dispatched a navy military helicopter on Tuesday after receiving a distress call from the cargo vessel African Ruby, which came under attack from armed men on board two speeding boats, AFP reported.
The navy helicopter pursued the pirate boats in international waters off the coast of the northern Somali region of Puntland.
Photo of "African Ruby" by Vitre Olivier, from www.shipspotting.com.
UPDATE: Fred Fry has more, including more photos.