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Somali pirate drama ends with death of American hostages

Scott and Jean Adam The U.S. military's attempt to rescue four American hostages from pirates in the Gulf of Aden derailed Tuesday morning. The military was in radio communication with the pirates when shots were heard, officials said.

Then, a U.S. Special Forces team boarded the Quest and engaged in a brief firefight with the heavily armed pirates. All four hostages had been shot by the pirates, officials said.

The victims were Jean and Scott Adam of Southern California and Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle of Seattle. None of the U.S. forces were injured.

Two pirates were killed and 13 taken prisoner; the bodies of two more pirates were found on the Quest. The four hostages died despite emergency medical care.

The U.S. already had two pirates as prisoners, although the circumstances of their capture are unclear. In all, the U.S. Central Command said it believed 19 pirates were involved in capturing the Quest.

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle The four ships that had been shadowing the Quest were the carrier Enterprise, guided missile cruiser Leyte Gulf, and guided missile destroyers Sterett and Bulkeley. The four were in the region to support anti-piracy efforts and missions involving the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Central Command.

The U.S. is part of an anti-piracy coalition based in Bahrain with ships from several countries. Piracy off Somalia’s east coast has plagued shipping for several years, with ships held for ransom.

In late 2009, U.S. officials noted that the pirates extended the range of their attacks to the Gulf of Aden between Yemen and Somalia’s north coast. The pirates are also ranging farther out to sea, 600 miles in some cases. 

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-- Tony Perry 

Upper photo: Scott and Jean Adam in an undated photo. Credit: svquest.com

Lower photo: Phyllis Mackay and Bob Riggle on June 11, 2005. Credit: Joe Grande / Associated Press

 
Comments () | Archives (28)

These pirates should be tortured, Make them repent. Make them suffer. Examples need to be made of them. Death is too good for them.

Honestly I'd expect better of posters - what great suggestions!
1. Nuke Somalia - that would SOLVE problems?
2. Strafe all the ports and sink all the vessels. See #1
3. Kill the pirates - prove to them we're in their league. Deterence?
4. Put a cordon around Somalia. Try going there and seeing how long the coast is.
5. Forget negotiating, start shooting.
6. When all else fails, blame President Obama
7. And on and on and on...

Thank goodness for a professional political bureaucracy, rules and common sense at higher levels of govt.

why do some people always see fighting, murder, piracy and always look to some reasoning WHY they are doing it and try to justify it and blame the united states? Richard P...specifically...When the US military goes after a criminal like they did in blackhawk down...they arent going in like our local cops to say, you have the right to remain silent...bla bla bla...no..were here to take you, period. end of story..come along or die like the Hundreds you have been killing. Don't degrade your own intelegence by comparing that incident to high sea piracy! Regardless of WHY the pirates are attacking and holding hostages for ransom...Piracy is Piracy..The only way piracy slowed from the Barbary Coast days was the Law of the Sea was upheld and pirates were immediatly executed. Don't like those laws? don't be a pirate. Don't want to be captured and held hostage? DONT SAIL NEAR SOMOLIA!! how stupid our world has become.

 
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