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Dutch marines killed two pirates and captured 16 others during an operation to free a hijacked Iranian fishing boat off Somalia, the Netherlands' defence ministry said yesterday.
Pro-government forces in Somalia captured a town near the border with Kenya from al-Qaida-linked militants, military officials said last night.
Officials in northern Somalia have opened a new maximum-security prison to hold Somali pirates.
A SOMALI pirate has said he will free a kidnapped Danish family and drop demands for a $5 million ransom if he can marry the 13-year-old daughter of his captives.
Somali pirates are to lower some of their ransom demands to get a faster turnover of ships they hijack in the Indian Ocean.
Pirates moved a captive Danish family on to a ship off the Somali coast yesterday and threatened to kill them if further attempts were made to free them.
A DANISH family kidnapped by pirates has reached the shore of Somalia, officials and a pirate said yesterday, likely meaning a long hostage ordeal for the couple and their three teenage children who were abducted while yachting around the world.
Pirates in Somalia are ferrying ammunition and men to the 30 hijacked vessels still under their control, and have threatened to kill more captives after the violent end to a hostage standoff that left four Americans dead.
FOUR American hostages were shot dead yesterday just before US naval forces stormed their captured yacht in a desperate bid to rescue them, a military spokesman has revealed.
A NATO warship has seized a suspected pirate "mother ship" off Somalia, Nato's counter-piracy mission has said.
A MEDICAL official said at least three civilians were killed yesterday after being caught in clashes between insurgents and the army in Somalia's chaotic capital.
Pirates captured 1,181 hostages in 2010 - almost all of them off the Somali coast, a global maritime watchdog has said.
Somalia's new premier has said 8,000 government troops will start waging attacks on Islamist insurgents and al-Qaeda terrorists "very, very soon".
The UN Security Council has authorised an increase in the African Union's peacekeeping force in Somalia from 8,000 to 12,000 troops to shore up the country's government against Islamist insurgents.
A NEW military force is being created in the north of Somalia, funded by a mystery donor.
Militants from Somalia's most feared insurgent group used a firing squad to execute two teenagers in public, witnesses and officials said yesterday.
FREED hostages Paul and Rachel Chandler have spoken at length for the first time about their ordeal at the hands of the Somali pirates who held them captive for 388 days.
Seven Seychelles fishermen seized by Somali pirates have been rescued and their captors arrested, Seychelles president James Michel announced yesterday.