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Apr 15,2009
French ship captures 11 possible pirates
by UPI

MOMBASA, Kenya -- French officials Wednesday said a French warship captured 11 suspected pirates off the coast of Kenya.

The officials told the BBC the warship Nivose on an EU piracy patrol captured the suspects following an unsuccessful attack on the U.S. cargo ship, the Liberty Sun, in waters of the region.

The French Defense Ministry said the suspects were captured nearly 550 miles from the Kenyan port of Mombasa, and that a regional pirate attack on a Liberian-registered ship also was thwarted.

U.N. special envoy for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, told the BBC the pirate attacks were threatening international peace and exploiting native Somalis.

"As everyone knows force is a last resort, but at the same time self-defense is legitimate," he said. "But we should not go there for the time being."

CNN said the French Navy had been monitoring the suspected pirates' activities prior to sending a helicopter to seize the suspects.

Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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