FBI hostage team joins standoff with Somali pirates

April 9, 2009 16:04

The military on Thursday called in FBI hostage negotiators to help end a standoff with Somali pirates holding a US ship captain hostage. The pirates were holding the captain in a drifting lifeboat, with a US warship watching nearby. FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said FBI hostage negotiators were "fully engaged" in the standoff. The pirates took Capt. Richard Phillips as a hostage after an attack on a US cargo ship. The American crew retook the ship and the pirates fled into the lifeboat. Hostage negotiators and military officials were working to free Phillips.

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