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Somali pirate ordeal ends with death of religious Americans
US forces had been trailing the captured m/v Quest when shots were heard on board this morning. A special forces team engaged in a brief firefight with the armed pirates then confirmed: all four hostages had been shot.
The incident is raising questions and demanding answers from governments around the world.
Did the hostages try to fight back to the point that they posed a greater danger than they were worth in potential ransom? Were the killings retribution by pirates for the capturing of some of their own recently?
AOL Travel tells us "The U.S. Navy had been following the hijacked yacht with an FBI negotiating team on board. When shots were fired aboard the Quest, a Navy special ops team boarded the vessel and discovered the travelers had been murdered."
We may never know the reason for the senseless deaths of the Americans simply traveling to share their beliefs with others. We do know that pirate activity has made waters around eastern Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian sea a deadly place to be. Diplomatic steps have failed. Peaceful nations continue to be outraged over events.
Over the weekend, President Obama was advised of the situation and authorized use of force against the pirates "in case of imminent threat" said White House Press Secretary Jim Carney.
The big question being asked worldwide over the ordeal: What happens next and what ends this?
Recent events suggest an increased effort to capture pirates may be key.
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