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French tourist survives kidnapping by pirates off Yemen

From AP:

President Nicolas Sarkozy's office provided a copy of a letter he sent Sunday to Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero praising "the decisive action" to free Evelyne Colombo as part of a EU maritime patrol operation in the area. Spain's Defense Ministry said that after a gunbattle with the pirates, forces from amphibious ship Galicia arrested seven pirates who had attacked the "Tribal Kat" catamaran that Colombo and her husband were sailing. Officials provided no information about Colombo's husband. Pirates regularly ply the waters of the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen.