Pirates recapture US hostage after escape attempt

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U.S. captain taken hostage by Somali pirates took a four desperate attempt to escape Friday, but was resumed, and officials of other hackers tried to strengthen his colleagues in the navigation of ships diverted to other prisoners edge of the stage of confrontation.
Somali pirates in contact with a leader of the kidnappers said that he wants a ransom, and are ready to kill the hostages, Captain Richard Phillips, in case of attack.
The United States was strengthening his power by sending more warships to the scene of the Horn of Africa, U.S., where a rescue destroyer shadows drift take Phillips. He was taken hostage, the pirates have no effort to divert the ship Maersk Alabama Wednesday.
Pirates of the strategy is to build relationships with their colleagues, which is held in Russian, German, Filipino and other hostages, and get Phillips lawless Somalia, where they can hide and it is difficult to organize a hostage rescue. That would give them more weight and a stronger negotiating position to discuss a rescue. Anchor as close to the coast, which could escape into the ground quickly in case of attack.
The Somali, who helped negotiate a ransom to the pirates last year after the seizure of a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks, spoke Friday on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. He said he had spoken with one count of pirates in Somalia, which is the coordination of actions in the lifeboat.
Around midnight, local time, Phillips jumped out of the boat and began to swim, but was taken by the Ministry of Defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to talk about operations.
The sailors of the USS Bainbridge, patrolling nearby, saw Phillips move and talk after his return to the lifeboats, and the Department of Defense officials believe it is free.
Negotiations are between the pirates and the captain of the Bainbridge, which is the direction of FBI hostage negotiators, he said. The kidnappers are also communicate with other vessels by pirates by satellite phone, officials said.
U. S. Central Command chief General David Petraeus said U.S. warships target area, more than 300 miles off the coast of Somalia in the Indian Ocean.
“We want to make sure we have all the means necessary in the coming days,” he said.
Samawi Mohamed, a resident of the strength of the pirates in the EYL, Somalia, claiming a “quota” on a British ship hijacked Monday, said four ships owned by foreign hackers in the direction of the lifeboat. A total of 54 hostages in two ships – the citizens of China, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Philippines, Tuvalu, Indonesia and Taiwan.
“Pirates drew attendance – and the mother ships skiffs are moved to the coast,” said a diplomat based in Nairobi, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. “We knew we were caught yesterday.”
Samawi said two ships left Wednesday AEL. A third Haradhere departed, another base for pirates in Somalia, and the fourth was a Taiwanese fishing vessel was seized Monday just 30 miles from the lifeboat.
He said that cargo carriers German Hansa Stavanger, seized earlier this month. The ship’s crew of 24 consists of five Germans, three Russians, two Ukrainians, two Filipinos and 12 Tuvalu.
Another man, identified as a pirate for three Haradhere residents also stated that the German vessel was sent.
“They asked us to strengthen, and we have already sent a number of colleagues, well equipped, having a German freighter,” says the man, who asked that his surname be used to protect against retaliation Badow.
“We do not intend to harm the captain, and we hope our colleagues would not be harmed if they have it,” said Badow. “All we need, first, is a sure way to escape the road with the captain, then (to negotiate) after rescue.”
Jack Cloonan, a former FBI agent whose Virginia firm Clayton Consultants Inc is in charge of hostage negotiations, told the Associated Press that the presence of other ships hijacked in the area “could complicate the negotiation strategy in progress.”
Negotiators should ensure that different groups of pirates are in contact, he said.
“We certainly share that information. We know that talk. They are not stupid. They can be very intelligent,” said Cloonan.
Phillips, 53, hampered the recovery of 17 000 tons flying the flag of the United States Alabama telling his crew of 20 to hold on fourth, the crew informed the parents in the United States.
After defeating the crew of pirates, but Phillips has undertaken to protect the bandits in their men, and Somalis have fled with him, joined a lifeboat, family members said.
Captain James Staples, a classmate of Phillips at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, said he was not surprised by the attempt to escape.
“That shows me that Richie is still strong … what he thinks he is alert,” said Staples. “It’s going to take every opportunity to make the situation much better for himself, and probably the house as quickly as possible.”
Phillips home in Underhill, Vt.., Family members anxiously awaiting word on their fate. Sister Lea Coggi Thursday said a representative of Maersk Phillips was asked to leave the woman to know that food and water were delivered to the lifeboats.
“I think it is to cope, knowing Richard,” he says. “It’s a smart man, and is in control.”
Officials from the offices of Maersk Line Ltd in Norfolk, Virginia, did not respond to repeated messages seeking comment Friday.
Alabama sailed away from the sea rescue Maersk said Thursday, and a team of Navy SEALs aboard armed, according to a U.S. official who asked not be identified due to the sensitivity of the situation.
That was sailing towards the Kenyan port of Mombasa – their destination – and should arrive on Saturday night, said Joseph Murphy, professor at the academy, whose son, Shane Murphy, is the second in command of the ship.
The company said the spokesman Kevin Speers AP Radio on Thursday for the execution of rescue, Phillips and the pirates were out of fuel and “dead in the water.”
Most of the lifeboats were about 28 feet long and carry water and food for 34 people for 10 days, said Joseph Murphy.
The lifeboats are covered, and Murphy, speaking after a briefing by the shipping company, said he suspects that hackers had closed the ports to avoid snipers.
Petraeus said the other warships arrive soon. U.S. Officials said the guided missile frigate USS Halyburton was among them.
The show of force in response to an increase in the number of attacks and the first on board a vessel flying the flag of the United States. Ships to improve surveillance of the area in May and to deter pirates seize another ship, but it was not enough for a blockage in the danger zone that extends 1.1 million square kilometers, said a senior U.S. . who spoke in defense of the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss operational issues.
Alabama was the sixth ship in a week to be beaten by hackers who have obtained tens of millions of dollars in ransoms.
President Barack Obama is regularly updated on the situation, White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs said. U. Eric S. Attorney General said that the owner of United States to take all measures necessary to protect the maritime interests of the United States against the pirates.
Steve Romano, a former leader of the team of FBI hostage negotiator, said the FBI does not remember ever negotiating with the pirates, but said that this situation is similar to other standoffs. Although most of the hijackers released the hostages unharmed, the challenge will be to negotiate with people who have no solution, he said.
“There’s always a risk of tragedy, and when people feel that their options are limited, sometimes react in a more unpredictable and violent,” said Romano.


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