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Four Somali pirates arrested

Yemen says German forces have handed over four Somali pirates arrested off the Yemeni coast.

world Updated: Jan 13, 2009 09:44 IST

An Interior Ministry statement on Monday says the pirates were between 23 and 29 years-old and were arrested in a white fiberglass boat.

A Yemeni security official says the pirates were taken to the hospital before interrogation.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media.

At least 27 Somali pirates have been arrested in Yemeni waters by an international flotilla patrolling the dangerous waters between Yemen and Somalia.