Somali pirates take U.S. ship, Navy negotiates for captain's release

Thursday, April 09, 2009

After a group of Somali pirates seized a freighter sailing under an American flag, the U.S. navy and the FBI have moved in to negotiate for the captain's freedom. The captain is being held hostage in a small life boat after the rest of the crew was released. The New York Times' East Africa Bureau Chief, Jeffrey Gettleman has been following the dramatic twist and turns of the crimes of the Somali pirates for months now and he joins us from the scene of their latest hijacking.

For more from the New York Times, read the article, Navy Tracking Pirates and Their U.S. Hostage.

Here's the AP report on the American crew taking back the vessel from the pirates:

Guests:

Jeffrey Gettleman

Hosted by:

Katherine Lanpher and Femi Oke

Contributors:

Stephanie Hughes

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