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U.S. Crew Said to Retake Ship From Pirates Off Somalia

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8 Apr 09 | NYT

Pirates commandeered a United States-flagged container ship with 20 American crew members off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday, in what appeared to be the first time a ship with an American crew had been seized by pirates in the area. There were conflicting reports about who was in control of the ship hours after it was seized.

At about noon Eastern time, some twelve hours after the hijacking, a Pentagon official speaking on condition of anonymity said that “it is our understanding that the crew has taken back control of the vessel.”

A second military official, also speaking anonymously because of the delicacy of the situation, said that initial reports remained murky. The official said that crew members may be holding one of the pirates, but that several of the pirates may be holding the ship’s captain.

A crew member told The Associated Press that the pirates were holding the ship’s captain’s hostage and that negotiations were under way. >>>

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Written by Editors

8 April 2009 at 2:15 pm

Posted in Africa, International, US

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