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Somali pirates seized a sailboat with tourists

September 3 2008

Off the coast of Somalia near the port city of Eyl, pirates seized a sailboat carrying the two tourists are from France, reports the British Television and Radio "BBC".

The local authorities came to the scene to investigate reports of pirate attacks.

French Foreign Ministry said: "France condemns this act of piracy seizure of the ship and calls for the immediate release of people in his forest. The biggest concern is the safety of our compatriots", reports Interfax .

According to the International Maritime Bureau, in 2007 the area had registered more than 30 pirate attacks on civilian vessels.

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