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article imagePirates kill four Americans off Oman

By Christopher Szabo     Feb 22, 2011 in Crime
Muscat - US military sources have announced that suspected Somali pirates have killed of all four American hostages on the yacht Quest.
A report from US Central Command (Centcom) said us officials were negotiating with the pirates when the killings took place.
The report said US forces “responded to gunfire aboard the Quest” On reaching the yacht, the US servicemen found all four hostages dead, despite attempts to save their lives.
During the boarding, there was an exchange of gunfire and two suspected pirates and 13 others were captured. The remains of four other pirates were found aboard the Quest.
Centcom Commander United States Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis said:
“In total, it is believed 19 pirates were involved in the hijacking of the Quest. We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest.”
The suspected pirates had seized the boat on February 18 off the coast of Oman.
Four US warships were shadowing the Quest: The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf, the guided-missile destroyers USS Sterett and USS Bulkeley.
CNN reported the shooting took place around 09:24 A.M, American Eastern Time (04:25 GMT). CNN also reported American naval forces had been shadowing the yacht.
The Boston Globe online reported the names of the two couples killed on the yacht were Jean and Scott Adam, of California, and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle, of Seattle, in the American state of Washington.
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