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Published: 03/10/11

As UN Debates Pirates, Clock Ticks Down on Indian Hostages

By  Betwa Sharma - AOL News
As UN Debates Pirates, Clock Ticks Down on Indian Hostages

UNITED NATIONS -- Families of six Indian sailors who are being held for ransom by Somali pirates are clinging to hope that they will be released, even though the Indian government has asserted that it will not negotiate with pirates and the deadline to pay the $4 million ransom has passed. "Time is ticking away for us. We have been given no reassurance. I just feel like beating my head," said Sampa Gulia, the wife of a captive sailor, after meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today, according to the Hindustan Times. Last month, Somali pirates killed four Americans on their...

Published: 03/10/11

Attempt to Free Danish Family From Somalian Pirates Fails

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Attempt to Free Danish Family From Somalian Pirates Fails

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- An attempt by Somali security forces to free a Danish family from a pirate gang on Thursday turned deadly after the would-be rescuers walked into an ambush, a pirate and a security official said. Pirate Bile Hussein told The Associated Press that armed forces from Somalia's semiautonomous northern region of Puntland tried to surround the village of Hul Anod and free the family but were beaten back before they were in position. He said some government forces were killed and others were captured but did not give exact figures. "We defended ourselves and foiled their...

Published: 02/28/11

Pirates Hijack Danish Yacht With 7 People, Including 3 Children

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Pirates Hijack Danish Yacht With 7 People, Including 3 Children

Pirates are towing a yacht toward Somalia after capturing the vessel carrying seven Danes, including three children, according to Danish officials. The sailboat was captured Thursday in the Indian Ocean, the Foreign Ministry said, according to news agencies. That was two days after four Americans were killed by Somali pirates. The yacht was carrying a Danish couple, their three children -- ages 12 to 16 -- and two crew members, the Foreign Ministry said today, according to The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse. Foreign Minister Lene Espersen said she was "deeply concerned," the AP...

Published: 02/22/11

Americans Killed by Pirates Knew the Risks, Friends Say

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
Americans Killed by Pirates Knew the Risks, Friends Say

Jean and Scott Adam loved to sail, but they almost shipped their yacht across the Arabian Sea to avoid a run-in with pirates, a friend said today. Scott Stolnitz, a friend of the California couple killed by pirates early today along with two other Americans off the coast of Oman, said the Adams knew the risks of sailing in the pirate-infested waters. Stolnitz, also an avid sailor, said he and Scott Adam had spoken about the dangers before their ill-fated trip. "This is all of our worst nightmares," he told the Los Angeles Times. svquest.com Scott and Jean Adam were among those...

Published: 02/22/11

Quest Yacht: 5 Facts on the Americans Killed by Somali Pirates

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
Quest Yacht: 5 Facts on the Americans Killed by Somali Pirates

The four Americans who were killed by Somali pirates on the yacht the Quest were seasoned travelers with many years of sailing experience. But even the U.S. warships that shadowed the boat after its hijacking could not protect Phyllis Macay, Robert A. Riggle, Scott Adam and Jean Adam. Surge Desk rounds up what we know so far about the yacht and its four occupants. 1. A deadly detour The group had been part of a round-the-world expedition with Blue Water Rallies. But after leaving Mumbai, India, the Quest team decided to take an "alternative route" to Oman, separating from the Blue Water...

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

Four American Hostages Killed by Somali Pirates

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Four American Hostages Killed by Somali Pirates

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates off East Africa were shot and killed by their captors Tuesday, the U.S. military said, marking the first time U.S. citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks plaguing the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years. U.S. naval forces who were trailing the Americans' captured yacht with four warships quickly boarded the vessel after hearing the gunfire. They tried to provide lifesaving care to the Americans, but they died of their wounds, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida said in a...

Published: 02/22/11

Reports: All Four Aboard US Yacht Killed by Somali Pirates

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Reports: All Four Aboard US Yacht Killed by Somali Pirates

CNN and MSNBC were both reporting this morning that all four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates had been killed. CNN said the hostages were shot during negotiations for their release. The yacht was owned by Jean and Scott Adam. Also on board were Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle. They had been traveling with yachts participating in the Blue Water Rally since their departure from Phuket, Thailand, rally organizers said Sunday. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The group said the Adams' yacht, S/V Quest, broke off last week after...

Published: 02/20/11

Pirates: Warship Shadowing Hijacked American Yacht

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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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