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4 American hostages killed by pirates off Somalia

By JASON STRAZIUSO and MALKHADIR M. MUHUMED Associated Press

Feb. 22, 2011, 8:31PM

NAIROBI, Kenya — A U.S. Navy destroyer was shadowing a hijacked yacht with four Americans aboard when a pirate fired a rocket-propelled grenade, followed by bursts of gunfire. U.S. special forces scrambled onto the occupied vessel only to find the four Americans fatally wounded.

The yachting enthusiasts from California and Washington killed off the coast of East Africa on Tuesday were the first Americans slain by Somali pirates since a wave of attacks began six years ago. One of the American couples had been sailing around the world since 2004 handing out Bibles.

The deaths of the four travelers, all in their late 50s or 60s, appeared to underscore an increasingly brutal and aggressive shift by pirates in their treatment of hostages.

Killing hostages "has now become part of our rules," said a pirate who identified himself as Muse Abdi. He referred as a turning point to last week's sentencing of a pirate to 33 years in prison for the 2009 attack on the U.S. cargo vessel the Maersk Alabama — just two days before the hijacking.

"From now on, anyone who tries to rescue the hostages in our hands will only collect dead bodies," Abdi said. "It will never, ever happen that hostages are rescued and we are hauled to prison."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton strongly condemned the killing of the Americans as "deplorable," saying in a statement the slayings underscored the need for international cooperation in fighting the scourge of piracy in waters off the Horn of Africa.

Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, near Los Angeles, had been sailing their 58-foot yacht Quest around the world since December 2004, and had been joined in recent months by Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle.

Four U.S. warships had been shadowing the Quest since shortly after it was seized south of Oman on Friday, and U.S. officials were in radio contact with the captors as the pirates tried to sail it to the Somali shore. The power behind such abductions for ransom — a multimillion-dollar business — lies not with the pirates at sea but their financial backers on land. And once the kidnappers reach shore with their hostages, options for rescue are limited.

A channel of negotiations had been opened, and on Monday two pirates boarded the USS Sterett, a guided-missile destroyer some 600 yards (meters) from the seized yacht, and they stayed overnight, said Vice Adm. Mark Fox, commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain.

By the next morning, though, things quickly turned deadly, with all signs pointing to a dispute among the pirates

At 8 a.m. local time, Fox said, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired from the Quest at the Sterett and missed, followed almost immediately by the sound of small arms fire coming from the yacht.

Several pirates then appeared on the yacht deck with their hands up. U.S. naval forces rushed aboard the vessel and found all four Americans had been shot; two pirates also lay dead from gun shot wounds.

The special forces troops tried to provide lifesaving care to the Americans, but they died, Fox said.

Fifteen pirates were taken into custody — 13 aboard the yacht as well as the two who had been negotiating aboard the Sterett, Fox said. In addition, two pirates were killed in the operation, including one who was knifed by a member of the U.S. force, Fox said.

President Barack Obama, who was notified about killing of the Americans at 4:42 a.m. Washington time, had authorized the military on Saturday to use force in case of an imminent threat to the hostages, said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Pirates have increased attacks off the coast of East Africa despite an international flotilla of warships dedicated to protecting vessels and stopping the pirate assaults.

But the conventional wisdom in the shipping industry had been that Somali pirates are businessmen looking for a multimillion-dollar ransom payday, not insurgents looking to terrorize people.

"We have heard threats against the lives of Americans before but it strikes me as being very, very unusual why they would kill hostages outright," said Graeme Gibbon-Brooks, the head of Dryad Maritime Intelligence, adding that the pirates must realize that killing Americans would invite a military response.

Friends, family and fellow sailors said that despite an adventurous spirit, the four Americans were meticulous planners who knew the dangers they faced.

Jean and Scott Adams, both in their 60s, had been sailing around the world since December 2004 with a yacht full of Bibles to distribute to remote regions. They were joined by Riggle, a veterinarian who volunteered at the Seattle Animal Shelter, and 59-year-old Macay, a sailing enthusiast.

"Great sailors, good people. They were doing what they wanted to do, but that's small comfort in the face of this," said Joe Grande of the Seattle Singles Yacht Club, where Riggle and Macay were members.

Around Christmas, the Quest joined the Blue Water Rally, an around-the-world race. But race organizers said the Americans recently left the race despite what Fox said were warnings about the dangers of sailing in the Horn of Africa region.

The Blue Water Rally said in a statement Tuesday that though yachtsmen are discouraged from sailing in the region, the only other choices are to sail around the stormy and dangerous tip of South Africa or sail back across the Pacific.

The Adams had traveled from Panama in 2005 to Fiji in 2007 and Cambodia last year. They most recently sailed from Thailand to Sri Lanka and India, and were on their way to Oman when captured.

Pirates have become increasingly bold in their attacks despite a flotilla of international warships patrolling the waters off East Africa. The last time pirates kidnapped a U.S. citizen — during the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama — Navy sharpshooters killed two pirates and rescued the cargo ship's captain.

But Tuesday's bloody events are apt to leave U.S. military planners in a quandary: Do they go after the pirates harder? Do they attack their bases on Somalia's ungoverned shores?

One maritime expert said it's too early to tell.

"This is a first," said Gibbon-Brooks, the analyst. "We don't know if the situation is related to a straight execution. We don't know if it was related to an attempt to break free. We don't know if it was related to an accident."

He said the killings were "extremely unwise" by the Somalis, and that the deaths threaten what has been a lucrative if illicit business.

After last week's sentencing by a New York court of a Somali pirate in the Maersk Alabama attack, some pirates warned that Americans would be targeted.

"It's a black day for us and also the Americans, but they lost bigger than us," a pirate who gave his name as Bile Hussein told the AP. "If they still want a solution and safety for their citizens in the oceans, let them release our men they arrested."

Just minutes before the news of the American deaths, a pirate who gave his name as Abdullahi Mohamed told AP by phone that if the yacht were attacked, "the hostages will be the first to go."

"Some pirates have even suggested rigging the yacht with land mines and explosives so as the whole yacht explodes with the first gunshot," said Mohamed, who claimed to be a friend of the pirates holding the four Americans.

The military said U.S. forces have been monitoring the Quest for about three days, since shortly after the Friday attack. Four Navy warships were involved, including the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

Mohamed, the pirate in Somalia, told AP that pirate leaders had been expecting the yacht to make landfall soon.

Five cars full of pirates were headed toward the pirate dens of Eyl and Gara'ad in anticipation of the Quest reaching land Monday, he said.

Had the Americans been brought ashore, they may have faced a long hostage ordeal like the 388 days the British sailing couple Paul and Rachel Chandler spent in the hands of pirates. The two were released in November.

"This incident is a clear message ... that it's time the world community quickly steps up to stop these pirate criminal activities. They should be treated mercilessly," said Gen. Yusuf Ahmed Khayr, the security minister in the northern Somalia region of Puntland, a pirate haven.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/world/7441481.html


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Killing hostages "has now become part of our rules," said a pirate who identified himself as Muse Abdi.

Sounds like a US aircraft carrier off the coast of Somalia is needed with orders to obliterate pirate staging areas. Let the slaughter begin. Pest control.


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"...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

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Taxpayer money used to protect a private citizen who felt the need to be out of the country for the last six years handing out Bibles? Hmmmm.

How about US taxpayer money used to protect international shipping lanes?


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Not just any private citizen, an AMERICAN!

It's not funny that they got killed but they had to know they were in risky waters, no? I thought the 'take responsibility for your own actions' crowd were against using govmint money to right the wrongs of the stupid? I get very confused, the gung ho guys do not seem to be very consistent...


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How about US taxpayer money used to protect international shipping lanes?

Maybe. Depends on the details. Those shipping lanes are important, but not just to America. Also, most of the money at risk is private multinational money - the multinationals should bear some of the cost as well.

Not just any private citizen, an AMERICAN!

It's not funny that they got killed but they had to know they were in risky waters, no? I thought the 'take responsibility for your own actions' crowd were against using govmint money to right the wrongs of the stupid? I get very confused, the gung ho guys do not seem to be very consistent...

RWNs are only against 'big government' when 'big government' money is used to benefit people they don't like. They love America but don't particularly like a lot of Americans.

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Not just any private citizen, an AMERICAN!

It's not funny that they got killed but they had to know they were in risky waters, no? I thought the 'take responsibility for your own actions' crowd were against using govmint money to right the wrongs of the stupid? I get very confused, the gung ho guys do not seem to be very consistent...

Where do you come up with this rubbish? I think you are losing it.


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"...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-TX)

Testimony to the House Immigration Subcommittee, February 24, 1995

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I don't know why anyone is still fooling around with those pirates. Wasn't there just a trial against them? A trial? Are you kidding me? Shoot to kill is the only way to raise the bar so that fewer might be willing to clear it. I don't wanna see no fcuking trial. And I sure don't want to see ransoms paid - that only invites more piracy. I wanna see any of those pirates dealt with in a permanent kind of way. When they set out to sea knowing that there is no reward to be had other than assured death, they wouldn't set out to sea.

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She's not losing it. The American press prefers tragic stories about Americans in the same way they love to showcase missing blond, blue-eyed young White women. Or, haven't you noticed?

I think you are losing it too. I really don't care if white Christianity irritates you or the other 2 posting their vitriole about this incident, but if that is your only commentary about it...why bother?


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"...for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process."

US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-TX)

Testimony to the House Immigration Subcommittee, February 24, 1995

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I think you are losing it too. I really don't care if white Christianity irritates you or the other 2 posting their vitriole about this incident, but if that is your only commentary about it...why bother?

I don't have to think about it; you're definitely losing it.

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These four victims deserve the "Tard of the Month Award". They were about as intelligent as those idiots that hiked over into Iran. I mean HELLO !!! How many boats have been hijacked by these Somali's and these idiots decide to cruise those waters anyways ? I find it difficult to have sympathy for people with the IQ of a turnip.


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