Somali Pirates Vow to Kill US, French Sailors

World | April 13, 2009, Monday // 17:34|  views

Two pirates in Somalia vowed revenge Monday, after the US military killed three pirates and freed a US ship captain who had been held hostage for several days, CNN reported.

The pirates told a Somali journalist that they were angered by the US action, as well as a French raid Friday that killed two pirates and one hostage and freed four hostages.

"We have decided to kill US and French sailors if they happen to be among our future hostages," said Abdullahi Ahmed, a member of a pirate group based at Harardhere, a coastal town in central Somalia.

Members of the U.S. Navy shot and killed three pirates who had been holding Capt. Richard Phillips hostage in a lifeboat on Sunday evening, a military official said.

The pirates seized Phillips after a failed attempt to hijack his ship, the Maersk Alabama.


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