The day four pirates attacked a big ship – level 2


In 2009, a group of Somali pirates attacked a US cargo ship 440 km southeast of Somalia.

The attack took place on April 8, 2009. The US ship was carrying food for Somalia and Uganda. There were 23 crew members on board.

Four armed Somali men boarded the ship. They tried to take control over the ship but they didn’t succeed.

The pirates left the ship on a small boat, but they took the captain as a prisoner.

After some time, US Navy ships arrived and tried to negotiate with the pirates.

When the negotiations failed, the US soldiers shot and killed three of the pirates. They put the fourth pirate in prison.

The captain was rescued unharmed, and the remaining crew members were also safely rescued.

Difficult words: cargo (goods carried in a ship), Navy (the army at sea), unharmed (not hurt), remaining (those who were left).

What was the outcome of the US Navy operation to free the captured captain?


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