Somali Pirates

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Somali Pirates
Niece talks about woman killed by Somali pirates

The niece of Phyllis Macay, a woman who was one of four Americans killed of the coast of Somalia by pirates, spoke lovingly about her aunt.

“My aunt was a very smart and avid sailor,” said Nina Crossland, from the family’s South San Francisco residence. Crossland is the family’s spokesperson and Macay’s niece. “She was living her dream sailing around the world. We want the media to know that she was vivacious … and she lit up the room when she walked in.”

Macay, a Seattle resident, and three other Americans were taken hostage Friday, according to reports by The Associated press. The hostages were reportedly killed Monday. ( Read Somali Pirates more.. )

Why did Somali pirates kill four American yachters?

As US forces negotiated the release of four Americans captured while yachting in the Arabian Sea, Somali pirates shot and killed them today. The incident raises questions about the new military approach to piracy.

Johannesburg, South Africa

Somali pirates have killed the four Americans they captured last week in the Arabian Sea, according to US Central Command.

The killings are unusual for Somali pirates, since captives are often valuable for ransom. Pirates reportedly received about $1 million for the November release of a pair of British yachters Paul and Rachel Chandler, who were detained for more than a year.( Read Somali Pirates more... )

Friends Mourn 4 US Yachters Killed By Pirates

An adventurous quartet of yacht enthusiasts from California and Washington state were living their dreams, friends say, retiring and sailing around the world until they were shot and killed by Somali pirates on Tuesday.

The yacht's owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey near Los Angeles, along with Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle were taken hostage on Friday several hundred miles south of Oman. U.S. naval forces trailing the captured yacht with four warships quickly boarded the vessel after hearing the gunfire Tuesday, but the Americans died of their wounds. Two pirates were killed and 13 captured.
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Man Killed in Shoot-Out With Somali Pirates Had Worked in Hollywood

Scott and Jean Adam, the two American missionaries killed following their kidnapping by Somali pirates, had ties to the entertaiment industry.

Before retiring and enrolling in seminary, Adam was a unit production manager and second unit director. Among his credits were “The Goonies,” “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “The Love Boat,” as well as several television movies. ( Read Somali Pirates more... )

Somali Pirates Kill Four American Hostages

NAIROBI, Kenya — A pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. Navy destroyer shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard Tuesday. Then gunfire erupted, the military said. U.S. special forces rushed to the yacht only to find the four Americans fatally wounded.

The experienced yacht enthusiasts from California and Washington are the first Americans killed by Somali pirates since the start of attacks off East Africa several years ago. One of the American couples on board had been sailing around the world since 2004 handing out Bibles.( Read Somali Pirates more... )

Somali Pirates Kill Four Americans

CNN BREAKING: Four U.S. citizens on a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates last week are dead, a U.S. defense official says.

MSNBC (“Four American hostages killed by pirates“): ( Read Somali Pirates more... )

Somali Pirates Murder Four Americans

No doubt a strongly worded letter is forthcoming from our fearless leaders.

The four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia are dead.

Hijacked last Friday off Oman, the Quest was being piloted toward the Somali coast - and was being shadowed by a U.S. Navy warship.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports that gunshots aboard the yacht were heard, and the warship took action.

All 4 Americans were dead, killed apparently by their captors. ( Read Somali Pirates more... )

Courtesy : SF Examiner , CS Monitor , NPR , The Wrap , The Huffington Post , Outside The Beltway & JammieWearingFool

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