U.S. Navy snipers opened fire and killed three pirates holding an American captain at gunpoint, delivering the skipper unharmed and ending a five-day high-seas hostage drama on Easter Sunday. The story is detailed in an article in the Navy Times.
According to the article, the pirates were armed with AK-47s and small-caliber pistols and were pointing the rifles at the captain when the commander of the nearby destroyer Bainbridge ordered the SEALs to open open fire. Three shots, three pirates killed. U.S. officials said a fourth pirate had surrendered and was in military custody.