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Somali pirates detained on hostage allegations

Six Somali pirates were detained Friday for allegedly taking 30 hostages from a French yacht, the BBC reported.

French Commandos detained the pirates in a helicopter raid shortly after they released the hostages.

The hostages, 22 French citizens, 6 Fillipinos, a Ukranian and a Cameroonian, were taken a week earlier, the BBC said.

The pirates can be held for up to four days and may be held for trial in France.

According to the BBC, the waters off of Somalia are known to be the most dangerous in the world. Pirates there seized more than 25 ships last year.

French troops stationed in Djibouti patrol that part of the Indian Ocean.

Somalia has not have an effective central government for 17 years.