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Friday, April 17, 2009

Pirates Who Captured Americans were Untrained Youths

The Somali pirates who kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips were heavily armed but inexperienced youths, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday, adding that the hijackers were aged 17-19. The pirates, three of whom were killed by US Navy snipers on Sunday, were "untrained teenagers with heavy weapons", Gates told a group of 30 students and faculty members at the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Virginia.

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