6 pirates captured, hostages released

April 11, 2008 8:52:16 AM PDT
France says its troops have captured six pirates after they released 30 hostages who were aboard a French tourist yacht off Somalia's coast. The French president's office says the pirates are now being held on a French Navy vessel. The president's office made the announcement Friday.

France sent an elite commando force to the East African region after pirates seized the boat, Le Ponant, in the Gulf of Aden on April 4.

It carried no passengers but 30 crew members, 22 of them French.

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