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Friday, April 10, 2009

Somali Pirates: French Free Hostages, 1 Dies

Reported here:
One French hostage has died and four others have been freed in a rescue operation by French troops on a yacht off Somalia, French officials say.

Two pirates were killed in the operation and three were captured, the French presidency said.

Officials said the rescue was launched when talks with the pirates broke down and threats became "more specific".

Two French couples had been seized with a child, who was among those freed from the yacht, Tanit, seized last week.
The French have shown considerable resolve in dealing with the Somali pirates.

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