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French naval vessel repels Somali pirates

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Somali pirates in two small boats bit off more than they could chew when they attacked the French navy. They apparently mistook the supply and command ship La Somme for a harmless cargo vessel and tried to board her after openign fire with AK47s.

French military spokesman, Rear Admiral Christophe Prazuck explained what happened: “The pirates were shooting, but to my knowledge there was no firing back from the crew of La Somme. But the strong intention to chase them away was enough to stop them after about an hour.” No one was injured in the attack that took place almost 500 kilometers off the Somali coast. Five suspected pirates in one of the boats were arrested; the second boat escaped. France is a member of the European Union’s naval mission patrolling the approaches to the vital trade route through the Gulf of Aden.