Friday 10 April 2009
French navy frees sailboat from pirates off Somalia; 1 hostage, 2 pirates die
AFP - A hostage was killed and four others, including a child, were freed on Friday after French troops stormed a yacht seized by Somali pirates last week, the French presidency said.
Talks started Thursday to free the crew of the French yacht Tanit had broken down, said a spokesman for the president's office.
"Today (Friday) with the threats becoming more and more specific, the pirates refusing the offers made to them and the Tanit heading towards the coast, a operation to free the hostages was decided upon," said a spokesman.
"During the operation, an hostage was unfortunately killed. The four others -- including the child -- are safe and sound.
"Two pirates were killed, the three others were captured," said the spokesman.
The French yacht Tanit, with four adults and a child on board, was captured in the Gulf of Aden on Saturday.
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