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Updated: October 13, 2009 21:09 IST

French soldiers chase Indian Ocean pirates

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This photo released by the French Navy shows pirates holding their hands up to soldiers of the French vessel La Somme on October 7, 2009 off the Somalia coast.
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This photo released by the French Navy shows pirates holding their hands up to soldiers of the French vessel La Somme on October 7, 2009 off the Somalia coast.

A French military official says soldiers in the Indian Ocean are chasing pirates who attacked two French tuna fishing vessels off the Seychelles Islands.

Patrick Steiger says the French soldiers have fired warning shots at the pirates.

The boats were attacked early Tuesday afternoon about 200 nautical miles (370 km) off the Seychelles, and Mr. Stieger says the operation to neutralise the pirates is continuing.

France’s government has been stationing military personnel aboard fishing boats off East Africa since July to protect them from pirates active in the region. French military officials said over the weekend that the force fired on pirates to protect two fishing boats.

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