French Bullet Killed Somali Pirate Hostage

Man died in crossfire as troops stormed captive yacht in April
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2009 7:08 AM CDT
This undated photo provided Friday, April 10, 2009 by the French Navy shows an armed pirate aboard the French sailboat Tanit, off the coast of Somalia.   (AP Photo/French Navy)
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(Newser) – French forces who stormed a yacht captured by Somali pirates on April 10 also shot dead one of the five hostages on board, Radio France Internationale reports. Prosecutors had said last month that it was unclear who was responsible for the bullet that killed Florent Lemaçon, who was caught in the crossfire while shielding his son. The coroner concluded that the fatal bullet pierced his hand before hitting him in the face.