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French fishing vessel exchanges fire with pirates

French fishing vessel exchanges fire with pirates

A spokesman for the European Union naval force says a French fishing vessel has exchanged fire with Somali pirates.
Cmdr. John Harbour says pirates in two skiffs fired on the French vessel about 350 miles east of the Somali capital Mogadishu. The vessel had armed guards onboard and returned fire. Harbour said Wednesday it was not immediately clear if the men on the fishing vessel were French military or private security contractors.
A German warship nearby sent helicopters to investigate.
Harbour says European Union forces are also monitoring a yacht believed to have been hijacked by pirates with a British couple onboard. The yacht has not yet been formally identified.


Updated : 2021-02-28 15:20 GMT+08:00