A few months ago, some Somali Pirates captured by a Russian warship were repudiated to have been “encouraged” to “Walk the Plank”…
Couldn’t we get a contract with the Russian Navy for “Pirate disposal”?
The U.S. military says pirates have shot and killed four Americans aboard a hijacked yacht off the coast of Somalia.
U.S. Vice Admiral Mark Fox told reporters that U.S. naval forces were trying to negotiate the hostages’ release Tuesday when, without any warning, pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. warship.
Fox said the grenade missed, but sailors then heard gunfire aboard the yacht, the SV Quest.
U.S. Special Forces boarded the hijacked vessel and discovered all four hostages had been shot by the pirates. Despite immediate medical care, the four Americans died of their wounds.
Fox said the boarding party seized control of the yacht, killing two pirates and detaining 15 others. Two other pirates were found dead on board.
Pirates hijacked the yacht on Friday and had been steering it toward the Somali coast, with four U.S. Navy warships trailing and observing the vessel.
This is believed to be the first time U.S. citizens have been killed by the pirate gangs operating off the Somali coast.
Media reports have identified the four Americans killed as yacht owners Scott and Jean Adam of Marina del Rey, California, and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle, Washington.
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