Wednesday, April 8, 2009

American Crew Retakes Hijacked Ship

Somali pirates today hijacked the 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama, a US-flagged cargo ship with 20 American crew members onboard.

The Maersk Alabama was carrying emergency relief to Mombasa, Kenya, when it was hijacked. It was the sixth ship seized within a week.

Latest reports from the Pentagon indicated that the four hijackers were overpowered by the vessel's crew. The crew has at least one pirate in their custody are the others are off the ship.

The Maersk Alabama's company headquarters stated that at 11AM EST, they received a call from the crew confirming that they had retaken the ship.

The Pentagon has also confirmed the retaking of the vessel, saying other details are unknown at this time.

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