First American-Crewed Container Ship Hijacked by Somali Pirates

The Maersk Alabama, was captured last night off the Somali coast after a five-hour showdown with as many as three pirate skiffs. The ship was filled with relief aid for Kenya, and was headed toward the port of Mombasa. It is the sixth ship to be commandeered in recent days.

Update: The American crew has apparently retaken the ship. One pirate is now in custody, while the whereabouts of the other pirates are unknown or "in the water."

[BBC and NYTimes, Gawker]


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