Kidnapped US Captain freed
Putting an end to one part of the hostage crisis off the coast of Somalia, Navy Seal snipers managed to rescue a U.S. captain of a commercial freighter Sunday from Somalian pirates. The captain had been held hostage during a five-day standoff between Somalian pirates and U.S. forces, which included daring escapes by both the crew and the captain. Three Somalian hostage takers were killed in the raid.
By freeing Capt. Richard Phillips, the crisis is certainly not over, as Somalian warlords have vowed revenge.
"This could escalate violence in this part of the world, no question about it," said Bill Gortney, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.