Spain Speeds to Save Pirate Hostages

Fishing boat is latest target of Somali brigands
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2008 9:26 AM CDT
Spain Speeds to Save Pirate Hostages
French commando boats arrive at a French cruise ship seized by pirates.   (AP Photo/French Defense Ministry, HO)

A Spanish naval frigate is steaming to the waters off Somalia to rescue crew members of a tuna boat seized by pirates, reports the BBC. The boat was grabbed just days after French commandos freed hostages from a luxury yacht comandeered by Somali pirates. The tuna boat's 26 crew members are "well," the captain said by radio, but the pirates are demanding a ransom. (More Somalia stories.)

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