Diplomat: Somali Pirates Seize 21 American Sailors

A diplomat says Somali pirates have hijacked a cargo ship with 21 Americans onboard.

He says the 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama was taken Wednesday. The Kenya-based diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Company representatives and a spokeswoman from the U.S. embassy in Nairobi were not immediately able to confirm the hijacking.

Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Program said the ship was taken about 400 miles (640 kilometers) from the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

The vessel is the sixth to be seized within a week and the first with an all-American crew.

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  • by Steve Location: Chocowinity on Apr 8, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    I just saw on another news network the crew took the ship back, captured one pirate and the others where "in the water" I hope the sharks are hungry! Way to go for the crew.
  • by CCC Location: Winterville on Apr 8, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    obama has NO idea how to handdle such issues. Situations like this require some military experience. Ooops, I forgot; obama has NO military experience; or any other experience for that matter. But he's doing really well in the "kiss the Europeans ----" and "kiss the terrorists ----" department.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 8, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    HERE IS BREAKING NEWS! The White House has renamed "terrorism" as "man-caused disasters"! NOW they have renamed "pirates" as "UNAUTHORIZED BOAT DELAYERS"!
  • by Max Location: Williamston on Apr 8, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    Have the military forgotten about the commerce raiders the Germans had or the Q-ships the Americans and the British used in World War II. These were ships designed to look like normal transport ships, but were equipped with deck guns, flack guns and .50 cal machines guns and used to hunt either submarines or other transport ships. Equip some ships with this kind of military hardware and move them into the area and I believe that the pirate threat will start to dwindle.
  • by J Location: Gville on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:25 AM
    Voter....I agree with you. NOW WHAT. Lets see what some of you peoples "messiah" is going to do before MORE Americans are taken or killed.
  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:03 AM
    now what obama? show us what you're made of. the world is watching.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    Not trying to put any President down, but Reagan would have already taken these guys out!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Apr 8, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    I wonder how many more ships will be hijacked before they start arming these ships and posting 24hr watches. It seems to me that 4 to 6 well placed .50 cal machine guns should handle the situation quite well along with some other small arms for the crew aboard. I'm sure that a would be bunch of pirates would think twice about approaching one of these ships if they thought the crew was vigilant and armed. Small craft with outboards on them 400 miles from shore is a good clue. A 'spray' of warning shots would most likely change their minds.

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