Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Mali: Jihadist group announces death of french hostage

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Tutu cautions ANC: South African peace laureate criticizes ruling party

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Clamping down on jihad propaganda online

Read more

DEBATE

Homegrown Jihadists: France Sets Out Plan to Monitor Web and Support Families (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Homegrown Jihadists: France Sets Out Plan to Monitor Web and Support Families

Read more

WEB NEWS

Ukrainians turn Russian 'evidence' into meme

Read more

FOCUS

Copenhagen seeks to decriminalise use of cannabis

Read more

FACE-OFF

French president's advisor resigns: A new blow for François Hollande

Read more

ENCORE!

Films as plays, plays as films and TV at the cinema

Read more

  • Fatah, Hamas agree to form Palestinian unity government

    Read more

  • Millions of Syrians desperately need aid, says UN

    Read more

  • Muslims in CAR pray for an escape route

    Read more

  • US soldiers arrive in Poland as Ukraine crisis continues

    Read more

  • Madrid beat Bayern 1-0 in first leg of Champions League semis

    Read more

  • New far-right mayor moves to quash Paris region mosque

    Read more

  • Britain's ex-PM Blair warns against spread of radical Islam

    Read more

  • Turkish PM offers condolences to descendants of Armenians killed in 1915

    Read more

  • Gay marriage, one year on: ‘French civilisation did not crumble’

    Read more

  • Colombian president reinstates firebrand Bogota mayor

    Read more

  • NYPD public relations campaign on Twitter goes awry

    Read more

  • In pictures: Violent protests erupt in Rio

    Read more

  • French hostage Gilberto Rodrigues Leal has died, Islamists say

    Read more

  • 'Pope-mania' hits John Paul II's Polish hometown

    Read more

  • French actress Catherine Deneuve to sell €4 million château

    Read more

  • Chelsea, Atletico draw 0-0 in first leg of Champions League semis

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch offensive in the east after politican 'tortured'

    Read more

  • Echoes of 2pac and Biggie? French rap feud turns violent

    Read more

  • New French film tackles grisly anti-Semitic murder

    Read more

Africa

Four Americans killed on pirated yacht

©

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-02-22

Four American citizens and two Somali pirates were killed Tuesday after US military forces attempted to rescue the hostages who were seized by pirates three days earlier on their yacht, the S/V Quest, in the Indian Ocean.

AFP - Four Americans and two Somali pirates were killed Tuesday during an attempt to free the US hostages from their yacht seized on the Indian Ocean, the US military said.

US forces, which have been closely monitoring the S/V Quest since it was known to be pirated three days ago, approached the vessel after hearing gunfire, the US Central Command said.

"Not a political act, but a 'show us the money' piracy act"

After boarding the yacht, "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," a statement said.

"We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest," said General James N. Mattis, the head of US Central Command.

The S/V Quest's owners, retired couple Jean and Scott Adam, had been sailing around the world for more than seven years and planned to take sites from India to Djibouti to Crete on their latest trip.
 

Date created : 2011-02-22

  • FRANCE

    French parliament passes sweeping anti-piracy law

    Read more

  • INDIA

    India detains 52 after raid on suspected pirate 'mothership'

    Read more

  • SOMALIA

    South Korean forces rescue hijacked freighter crew from Somali pirates

    Read more

Comments

COMMENT(S)