US indicts 14 pirates for yacht hijack

2011-03-10 21:34

Norfolk - A federal grand jury has indicted 13 suspected pirates from Somalia and one from Yemen in the February hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans dead.

US Justice Department spokesperson Peter Carr says the men face piracy, kidnapping and firearms charges.

The suspected pirates are expected to make an initial court appearance on Thursday in Norfolk, Va.

The boat's owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, of California, along with Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death after pirates took them hostage several hundred km south of Oman.

It was the first time US citizens have been killed in a wave of pirate attacks that have plagued the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean in recent years.

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