10 April 2009

Incident: Tanit stormed

French commandos stormed the pirate-held Tanit, a pleasure craft taken en route to Zanzibar. The government said one hostage was killed and four freed while two pirates were killed. (Guardian, 04/10/09) Florent Lemacon, owner of the Tanit, was the hostage fatality. (BBC News, 04/10/09)

The French attack was made from Zodiac rafts which came under pirate fire. (CNN 04/10/09) The two pirates killed were on deck during the assault. The remaining three were captured. (Reuters, 04/10/09)