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Somali Pirates Murder 4 American Hostages

Four Americans -- taken hostage by Somali pirates -- were killed yesterday, according to the U.S. military.

The killings mark the first time Somali outlaws have killed American hostages. Those murdered were: Jean and Scott Adam from California (pictured above), and Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle (pictured below) of Seattle. The Adam couple had been sailing the world since 2004.

The Somalis seized the Americans' ship, named the Quest, off the coast of East Africa Friday. The U.S. Navy said it tried to save the couples' lives but all four individuals died from their wounds.

According to London's Daily Mail, "two pirates died during the confrontation and 13 were captured and detained. The remains of two other pirates who were already dead for some time were also found. They appeared to have been killed by their fellow pirates, the military said."

'We express our deepest condolences for the innocent lives callously lost aboard the Quest,' said Gen. James N. Mattis, U.S. Central Command Commander.

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