topics
tools
Expatica countries
Index Last Var.(%)
BEL 20 3083.51 0.32
DAX 9605.08 0.17
IBEX 30 10058.5 -1.04
CAC 40 4387.61 -0.20
FTSE 100 6806.86 -0.05
AEX 397.5 -0.20
DJIA 16272.65 0.46
Nasdaq 4318.933 0.63
FTSE MIB 20298.33 -0.11
TSX Composite 14214.35 0.18
ASX 5415.4 -0.10
Hang seng 22836.96 0.04
Straits Times 3110.78 0.45
ISEQ 20 836.3 0.23
EUR / USD 1.37976 0.67
EUR / GBP 0.82571 0.59
USD / GBP 0.598544 -0.10
Gold 1329.6 -0.13
Oil 108.9 -0.76
Silver 21.28 0.08
You are here: Home News French News French, US forces detain 12 suspected Somali pirates
Enlarge font Decrease font Text size


08/01/2013French, US forces detain 12 suspected Somali pirates

French and US warships on patrol off the Somali coast combined to detain 12 suspected pirates after a merchant vessel reported coming under attack at the weekend, a statement said Tuesday.

NATO and the EU's Atalanta anti-piracy taskforce said the vessel issued a distress call after it was attacked by a boat carrying six suspected pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

NATO said the crew on the unnamed Panama-flagged vessel gathered in a secure room while an on-board Armed Security Team exchanged fire with the suspected pirates.

The USS Halyburton and the French frigate Surcouf responded to the distress call, with French forces then intercepting two small boats with 12 men on board in all.

The 12 are now being held on the Surcouf, pending legal proceedings, a statement said.

Operation Atalanta is part of an array of anti-piracy forces in the area which has been plagued by pirate attacks on shipping for years, although the number of incidents has fallen steadily in the past year.



© 2013 AFP


0 reactions to this article

0 reactions to this article

 
 
 
 
 
Inside Expatica
Management culture in France

Management culture in France

This handy guide from Expertise in Labour Mobility includes information on business hierarchy, negotiations, and etiquette.

American associations and clubs in Paris

American associations and clubs in Paris

A listing of organizations in the Paris area that cater primarily to Americans living in France. Updated April 2011.

British associations and clubs in Paris

British associations and clubs in Paris

Our handy guide to the British community in Paris, from cricket clubs to Scottish country dancing lessons to where to find a jar of Marmite.

Anglophone services in France

Anglophone services in France

Here's a short introduction to our Banking section for those living in France, from how to open a bank account to Islamic banking and investments.