Fourteen suspected Somali pirates have been captured in separate operations by a French frigate and the Seychelles coast guard.

French commandos on the frigate Nivose caught 11 suspects some 900 kms (560 miles) off the Somali coast, the French Defence Ministry says.

The Nivose is reported to have alerted the Seychelles authorities to help them capture the other three.

Somali pirates are currently holding nearly 20 ships for ransom.

On Saturday a Greek-owned ship with a Ukrainian crew was hijacked by Somali pirates south-west of the Seychelles, a seafarers’ group says.

On the same day a Portuguese warship thwarted an attack on a Norwegian vessel in the Gulf of Aden.

According to the French navy, the commandos on the Nivose used fast outboard vessels and a helicopter to detain the 11 Somali suspects who were on three vessels, the AFP news agency reports.



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