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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...

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