Captain Safe From Pirates
Navy snipers shot down three Somali pirates and rescued a captured American captain in a surprise assault Sunday, the Star Tribune reported. The killings ended a five-day standoff between the pirates and the U.S. military.
Capt. Richard Phillips was taken hostage Wednesday by pirates who tried to hijack the Maersk Alabama.
The assault was ok'ed by President Obama, and relieved fears the standoff could last for months. It also showed the strength of the U.S. military, who had been previously helpless to end the situation.
Negotiations between the pirates and the military had become heated, and Phillips was in "imminent danger of being killed" according the Tribune.
A fourth pirate had surrendered earlier and now faces life in U.S. prison.