Hostages from French Yacht Free and Unharmed, Alleged Pirates Arrested

April 15, 2008 03:19 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The yacht’s crew has arrived safely in France after pirates released them earlier this week; the French military has arrested six men believed to be involved.

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Hostages captured off the coast of Somalia April 4 are now back in France unharmed, according to Agence France-Presse. Some of their alleged captors were arrested in a French military operation in Somalia.

There’s some question as to whether anyone was injured during France’s raid. The military says there were no casualties but a commissioner in Somalia said five people were killed, according to Reuters.

At a news conference, French General Jean-Louis Georgelin said, “It was an intervention not a pulverization.”

Edouard Guillard, a French admiral said, “It is the first time an act of piracy in this area has been resolved so quickly … and it is also the first time that some of the pirates have been apprehended.”

France’s operation seems to have been a success, though there are questions about what happened to the other pirates, writes Clive Fairweather, a former military man, in The Scotsman.

Others are just glad to see a country take action against piracy, which has been reported more and more in the last few years. The International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre has a map of worldwide attacks reported this year.

See AFP coverage

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