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Published: 02/22/11

Somali Pirates Fired Grenade, Then Killed 4 Americans, US Says

By  Sharon Weinberger - AOL News
Somali Pirates Fired Grenade, Then Killed 4 Americans, US Says

WASHINGTON -- A surprise attack on a U.S. warship preceded gunfire that killed four Americans in what is now the deadliest pirate incident to date, according to a senior U.S. military official. On Friday, a Danish naval ship spotted a U.S.-flagged yacht, Quest, that had been taken over by 19 Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and alerted U.S. authorities. U.S. Central Command sent four warships to tail the ship and began negotiations with the pirates. "This morning, with no warning, is when the rocket-propelled grenade was fired, and the gunfire erupted onboard the yacht," Vice Adm....

Published: 02/22/11

Four American Sailors Shot Dead by Somali Pirates

By  David Wood - Politics Daily
Four American Sailors Shot Dead by Somali Pirates

Four Americans on a sailing vacation were shot and killed by Somali pirates Tuesday in the north Arabian Sea, despite a last-second rescue effort by a team of U.S. Navy commandos. Their yacht, the Quest, a 58-foot sailing vessel, was seized by 19 pirates Feb. 18, and was being shadowed by four U.S. Navy warships. Two of the pirates were aboard the USS Sterrett and engaged in negotiations when their cohorts aboard the yacht fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the warship, and gunfire broke out among the pirates aboard the sailboat, said Navy Vice Adm. Mark I. Fox, commander of the U.S. 5th...

Published: 02/22/11

Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Quest Yacht; a Recent Timeline of Bandit Violence

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Quest Yacht; a Recent Timeline of Bandit Violence

We like to think of pirates as charming rapscallions like Johnny Depp. But modern-day pirates are no shiver-me-timbers joke. They're deadly. Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates last week were killed as their captors negotiated with the U.S. for their release. The hostages were two couples, one from Southern California and the other from Seattle. Pirates are a scourge off lawless Somalia's coast and have been a frequent problem in the Strait of Malacca, a body of water between Malaysia and Indonesia. But pirates can be found in other waters as well. This year, according to the...

Published: 02/20/11

Pirates: Warship Shadowing Hijacked American Yacht

By  not in system - AOL News
Pirates: Warship Shadowing Hijacked American Yacht

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A warship is shadowing a yacht with four Americans on board that was hijacked by Somali pirates, a pirate said Sunday, as the vessel was reported to be moving closer to the Somali coast. The yacht Quest was hijacked on Friday off the coast of Oman, but is now in the waters between Yemen and northern Somalia, two pirates and a Somali government official told The Associated Press. One pirate who gave his name only as Hassan said a warship with a helicopter on its deck is near the Quest. The pirate's claim could not be independently verified, and U.S. officials on Sunday...

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