US navy 'provoked yachtsmen death'

2011-02-23 14:39

Mogadishu - The high-seas shoot-out that left four Americans dead after their yacht was hijacked in the Indian Ocean was provoked by the US navy's intervention, Somali pirates said on Wednesday.

The US military said that four Americans onboard a yacht captured on Friday had been killed by their pirate captors on Tuesday.

"We got information that the American hostages were killed after the US navy stormed the yacht," a senior commander from the pirate lair of Garacad, in Somalia's northern self-declared state of Puntland, said.

"They tried to rescue the hostages but unfortunately heavy gunfire was exchanged and they (the hostages) died as a result," the pirate, who asked to be named only as Ali, told AFP.

He did not further elaborate on the exact circumstances of the four hostages' death.

According to Vice Admiral Mark Fox, head of the US Naval Forces Central Command based in Bahrain, two of the pirates had been brought onboard a nearby US warship to conduct negotiations to free the hostages.

Then on Tuesday morning, with "absolutely no warning", the pirates launched a rocket-propelled grenade at the warship, the USS Sterett, though several Somalis also raised their arms in surrender on the yacht's deck, Fox said.

US Special Forces raced to the yacht on small boats. By the time they boarded, they heard gunfire and saw that all four Americans had been shot, Fox said. They died after efforts to treat them failed.

He said two pirates were killed in the assault.

  • Mundu - 2011-02-23 15:39

    Thats right, blame the rescuers. Nothing to do with the thugs who hijacked the boat to start with. I think the US Navy should shoot all 15 captured pirates and be done with it.

      Amos - 2011-03-01 17:31

      What is the difference between the Americans and the Somali Pirates ? One the Americans kill by the millions and the Somalis kill a few.... and both are thieves the Americans steal billions the Somalis millions.

  • perter.pumpkin - 2011-02-23 15:50

    Sink the yacht with the pirates on it and leave the bastard to drown

  • - 2011-02-23 16:07

    Worlds biggest navy cant stop a few Afrikan pirates so they think they can do as they please declare war on these idiots and blast them off the earth like every thing else youve done.

  • lmduplessis - 2011-02-23 16:28

    I say call in a few aircraft carriers and have them bomb the living bejesus out of the pirates and wherever they come from (land bases).

  • james4usa - 2011-02-23 16:35

    The savages will stand trial in NY @$3Mill. a piece then will spent 30yrs in US jail with, nutritionist,TV, excercise @ between $50,000 and $70,000 per savage per annum.

      Mundu - 2011-02-23 17:03

      That's why I think they should be shot and left for shark food in the Indian Ocean.

      BigPig69 - 2011-03-10 21:23

      Hey what did the sharks to to you?

  • Oukaapje - 2011-02-24 00:32

    The entire civilized world has gone soft on crime. These pirates are human predators and just the tip of a future iceberg. There are many more millions of such predators and as long as we take care of them and respect their lives, they will continue to teach us about lifes realities. They will rule all parts of the world that they can dominate. First world laws will aid, abet and protect them all.

      fishycraig - 2011-03-17 14:14

      And as long as we have people who say America has done atrocities and deserve this we will never solve this problem. And these same bleeding hearts forget that most of the ships held by the pirates are not American but from Asian and European countries. Such a solvable problem if the right decisions were made.

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