The Navy has returned the remains of three pirates killed to “authorities” in Somalia:
The U.S. Navy handed over the bodies of three Somali pirates on Thursday who were killed during the rescue of U.S. ship captain Richard Phillips.
Commandos shot dead the three gunmen on April 12 and ended a five-day hostage ordeal for the Maersk Alabama captain, who was being held on a lifeboat far out in the Indian Ocean. A fourth pirate was arrested and taken to the United States for trial.
“We received the bodies with their identity papers and will bury them,” Mohamed Yare, commander of Bossaso port in Somalia’s semi-autonomous northern Puntland region, told Reuters.
We should have asked for the coffins back.
This isn’t over.