4 Americans on yacht hijacked by pirates killed, U.S. military says.

Negotiations were under way to free the hostages when gunfire…

Negotiations were under way to free the hostages when gunfire erupted aboard the pirated vessel, a statement from U.S. Central Command said.

“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,” the statement said.

A reaction force boarding the S/V 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 U.S. forces, according to central command.

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

U.S. forces had been monitoring the S/V Quest for about three days.

An aircraft carrier, a guided-missile cruiser and two guided-missile destroyers composed the reaction force. The U.S. Navy ships were in the region to conduct “maritime security operations” and provide support for U.S. operations, the statement said.

Source: CNN (updated)

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  • randy

    if you want to get them go fishing take a old tanker give it some hidden weapons load it with military personal and criuse along the coast sooner or later they will try than blow them out of the water

  • william

    I agree, fight fire by fire,after the russians reported a pirate vessel “sunk” after being released
    I dont know of any other russian vessel captured by the “pirates”

  • General Jim M

    PS Why do we play with these “people”? Maybe someday there will be a patriotic president in the whitehouse instead of a globalist jihadist.I know that sounds harsh,but his’ actions betray him.It’s just too bad our people in uniform have to obey him.

  • General Jim M

    What would it take to wipe out those pirate villages? One carrier battle group,one DAY.No more pirates.