Somali pirates kill four Americans

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February 23, 2011

Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian

Four Americans taken from their yacht in the Indian Ocean by Somali pirates have been shot dead, the US military has said.

US naval forces on the way to try to rescue the Americans heard gunshots and on arrival found the four hostages had been killed.

Two pirates were killed and 15 detained during the incident, which took place on Monday.

The remains of two other pirates, who had been dead for some time, were found. The US military did not state how those two died. In total the US said 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking of the American’s yacht, the Quest.

The deaths mark the first time US citizens have been killed in pirate attacks, which have plagued the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean for years.

The Quest was the home of Jean and Scott Adam, a couple from California who had been sailing around the world since December 2004. The two other Americans on board were Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle, of Seattle, Washington.

Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette, deputy commander of the US navy’s fifth fleet, said those on board were part of a group that had set sail from the southern tip of India. The vessel had apparently been bound for Oman.

The Adams’s website documents their worldwide voyage. It includes trips to New Zealand, China, Cambodia and Panama.

The crew had joined a group of other yachts for the leg across the Indian Ocean for safety reasons.

To read more, visit: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/22/four-americans-killed-somali-pirates

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