S. Korea rescues crew members from Somali pirates

January 21, 2011 09:34

SEOUL, South Korea — In a daring and rare raid Friday, South Korean special forces rescued all 21 crew members aboard a freighter hijacked in the Arabian Sea near Africa, killing eight pirates and capturing five others, South Korea said.

The military operation came a week after Somali pirates seized the South Korean freighter and held hostage eight South Koreans, two Indonesians and 11 citizens from Myanmar.

"We will not tolerate any behavior that threatens the lives and safety of our people in the future," South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said in a brief televised statement.

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