No hostages killed?

April 16, 2009

Somali militants fire at U.S. lawmaker

So far, pirates have generally treated hostages well, sometimes roasting goat meat for them and even letting them phone loved ones. The worst violence has been the occasional beating. No hostages are known to have been killed by pirates.

This statement is false.

On May 28, 2007, a Chinese crewman held hostage of the hijacked vessel FV Ching Fong Hwa 168, was executed by Somali pirates.

On Aug 19, 2008, a Philipino crewman of the hijacked vessel MV Bunga Melati Dua was killed during the initial seizure of the ship by Somali pirates.

Between Aug 10 – Dec 12, 2008, three crewmen of the hijacked ship MV Action died while being held hostage by Somali pirates.

I just wanted to bring this to your attention.


A number of readers commented on this one. While the “generally treated hostages well,” description appears to stand up as a general statement, we have modified our “no hostages killed” background material in this ongoing saga: GBU Editor

Suspected pirates keep their hands in the air as they are being apprehended by the U.S. Navy aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) in Gulf of Aden, Somalia in this photo taken on February 11, 2009 during a counterpiracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Somali pirates hijacked two more cargo vessels and opened fire on a third on April 14, 2009 in attacks that showed their determination to continue striking shipping in the area’s strategic waterways. REUTERS/Jason R. Zalasky/U.S. Navy photo/Handout

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