A Hijack Becomes A Kidnap


A Hijack Becomes A Kidnap

The US-flagged cargo ship with 20 American sailors on board that was hijacked  by Somali pirates two days a go has taken a strange twist.

The hijack itself went badly for the pirates, as first the crew disabled the ship before the pirates could take over and it seems the crew also battled back. the four (4?) pirates instead grabbed the American captain, Richard Phillips and took off in a lifeboat, and are now demanding a ransom for his release. The ending promises to be dramatic. Read the story.

And the latest is that captain Phillips tried to escape his captors by swimming back to his ship, only to be re-captured. Read here.