Pirates Kill All Four American Hostages

The four Americans on the yacht hijacked by pirates have been killed, a US defense official has said.

Jean and Scott Adam, and two other Americans were captured by Somali pirates three days ago. The California couple were in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Oman when they were captured.

(The post of their capture is here.)

The couple had been maintaining an online diary of their journey, which can be accessed here.

Negotiations were under way to free the hostages when gunfire erupted aboard the pirated vessel, according to a statement released by the US Central Command.

“As they responded to the gunfire, reaching and boarding the [Adam’s yacht] 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,” the statement said.

A reaction force boarding the Quest “was engaged by pirates,” two of whom died during the confrontation. Thirteen other pirates were captured, along with two who were already in the custody of US forces, according to Central Command.

Two other pirates were already dead when US forces boarded the Quest, the statement said. In all, 19 pirates are believed to have been involved in the hijacking.

Pirates, largely operating out of one region in Somalia, are currently holding over 700 individuals hostage.

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