Somali Pirates Have Taken Captain Hostage


Halt the celebration. These Somali pirates aren’t going down without a fight. Although the American crew on the relief ship that was hijacked earlier this morning in the Indian Ocean has taken back the vessel, the pirates have somehow gotten the captain of the ship, and are holding him in a nearby lifeboat in exchange for ransom. So far, the crew has tried a few methods for getting him back: They released a pirate they were holding hostage in exchange for him, but that didn’t work, and now they are offering food in exchange for his release, a second mate told CNN, “but it’s not going too well.”

U.S. crew retake hijacked ship: Pentagon [Reuters]