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A Breton tuna boat attacked in the Indian Ocean – exclusive (maj2)

(BRUSSELS2) The system of soldiers on board Breton fishing vessels in the Indian Ocean has once again been put to the test. It was around 11 a.m. GMT (14 p.m. local time) when two skiffs, with half a dozen people, approached the Cape St. Vincent, a 67-metre tuna boat, based in Concarneau, belonging to France-Thon (CMB/Saupiquet). It was then in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 350 miles from the Somali coast (a little closer to Somalia than to the Seychelles apparently according to the latest indications).

Graduated replica. The marines on board the tuna fired back. " A graduated response was made according to the usual device ", we specify to the General Staff of the Armed Forces in Paris, which confirms the information, " with flares, shots in the air. And it took penalties” so that the pirates give up the ground. No one in the tuna boat's crew was injured. The pirates were not immediately pursued as no warships were nearby. On the other hand, one of the attackers was killed or injured according to the Ecoterra organization. Information not confirmed by the General Staff. “Our military has no orders to pursue pirates. As soon as they saw that the attackers were breaking off the attack, the tuna boat continued on its way” they told me. An alert was also broadcast to all ships in the vicinity by Atalanta (the European anti-piracy operation). Read more

This is the third time that a Breton tuna boat has been attacked in the Indian Ocean – the Drennec, in September 2008, then the Glénan, in October 2009 – not counting thealakrana, a Spanish Basque tuna boat which was captured by pirates in September 2009 and whose crew is still being held hostage.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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