3 Pirates Killed, American Captian Saved
3 pirates were shot by U.S. military forces in order to save an American ship captain who had been hijacked earlier in the week.
53-year-old freighter Capt. Richard Phillips was taken hostage Wednesday by pirates who tried to hijack the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama. According to the Star Tribune, Phillips was held on a small lifeboat being dragged by a larger vessel.
“I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “His courage is a model for all Americans.”
The mission had been personally approved by President Barack Obama who was quoted saying that Phillips was in "imminent danger" of being killed.
The mission was completed with a mere three shots. one each by snipers firing from a distance at dusk, using night-vision scopes, the officials said to the New York Times.
A fourth sniper had surrendered earlier in the day and may face life in U.S. prison.