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Fourteen suspected pirates indicted for the hijacking of a yacht that led to the deaths of four Americans are set to appear in federal court Thursday.

Thirteen Somalis and one Yemeni will make their first court appearance in Norfolk, Virginia, at 2:30 p.m ET, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.

The men face piracy, kidnapping and firearms charges, according to office spokesman Peter Carr. They were indicted Tuesday.

According to U.S. officials, the four Americans — ship owners Jean and Scott Adam, along with Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle — were found shot after U.S. forces boarded their vessel.

The boat was being shadowed by four U.S. warships after pirates seized it off the coast of Oman in February.

Source: CNN

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