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Somali Pirates Threaten Hostages after Failed Rescue

Somali pirates holding a Danish family hostage are threatening their captives if another attempt is made to rescue them.

Puntland security forces staged a raid against the pirates Thursday in the village of Hul Nod in an effort to free the seven Danish hostages.

But the security officials were ambushed and at least seven people, including two pirates, were killed in the gunfight.

A spokesman for the pirates told VOA that if any more rescue attempts are made, it could jeopardize the safety of the hostages.

Thinking like the enemy

It's simple. If I think like the enemy, I will not only be able to defend against him, but ultimately defeat him.

Very few people have ever requested I "think like a terrorist," but that's what makes anti-terrorism training so valuable.

It also makes a lot of sense, but so often we get caught up in our own problems and lives, we forget an attack can happen anytime, anywhere. As uniformed personnel or civilian employees, we all work for the United States military, which inherently puts us at risk for dissent, anti-U.S. sentiment or possibly even violence.

Somali Pirates Release Ship Hijacked Nearly Year Ago

The European Union's anti-piracy force says Somali pirates have freed a cargo ship captured nearly a year ago — but that the crew had to abandon the vessel a short time later because it was sinking.

Mexico Town Fires Young Police Chief in Drug War

A 20-year-old Mexican woman who volunteered to be the police chief of a violent border town has been fired for apparently abandoning her post after it was reported that she received death threats.

Officials say Marisol Valles took leave March 2 to attend to personal matters and was due to return to work Monday in the town of Praxedis G. Guerrero. But the town's mayor fired her when she failed to show up for work without giving any notice.

24 Dead in Taliban Car Bombing

A car bomb set off by the Taliban in Faisalabad killed at least two dozen people and wounded over 100.

Private Anti-Piracy Forces?

Insurance companies hit hard by the paying of ransoms to pirates around Somalia are contemplating the formation of a private security force for commercial vessels.

USS Bulkeley Frees Ship and Crew From Pirates

A request for assistance from a Japanese-owned merchant vessel in the Somali Basin led to Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) warship USS Bulkeley (DDG 84) securing the release of the vessel and its 24 crew members from four suspected pirates, Mar. 6.

At approximately 3 p.m. (Bahrain), Mar. 5, oil tanker MV Guanabara reported it was under attack when it was 328 nautical miles south east of Duqm, Oman.