Lost in the confusion of recent events in the middle east, around one week ago a yacht was hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Somalia. The yacht was said to have four American citizens on board, and was being trailed by the US Navy as the pirates steered toward Somalia. US Central Command reported this as of 0925 today:
“At approximately 1 a.m. EST today, while negotiations were ongoing to secure the release of four American hostages, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the pirated vessel (S/V) Quest. As they responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the Quest, the forces discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately died of their wounds.”
Two pirates were killed, and thirteen were captured by naval forces.