French marines repel new pirate attack on trawlers

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French marines repel new pirate attack on trawlers



CONCARNEAU, France — French marines on board two tuna trawlers in the Indian Ocean opened fire to repel a dawn pirate attack on Tuesday, the second such incident in a week, the ships' owner said.


Shipping firm Saupiquet said marines fired warning shots at two pirate skiffs pursuing the trawlers Via Avenir and Via Mistral, travelling together some 500 nautical miles (900 kilometres) from the Somali coast.


The company, based in France's western Brittany region, said the launches, carrying four or five pirates, appeared to have dropped the chase.
The two ships are part of a 10-strong French tuna fleet currently operating in the pirate-infested waters off Somalia under the protection of a 60-strong squad of marines.

AFP: French marines repel new pirate attack on trawlers
 

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