Pirates again attack US-flagged Maersk Alabama

A security person orders media to clear the area surrounding the Maersk Alabama, at the port in Mombasa, Kenya, Sunday, April 12, 2009. Guarded by Navy Seals, the crew of an American ship reached a Kenyan port Saturday evening without their captain, still held hostage by Somali pirates in a lifeboat hundreds of miles from shore. Even as the Maersk Alabama pulled into port, the crew of an Italian-flagged tugboat was being held by pirates who seized it in a new attack. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim) (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

November 18, 2009 7:49:22 AM PST
Somali pirates attacked the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday for the second time in seven months, though private guards on board the U.S.-flagged ship repelled the attack with gunfire and a high-decibel noise device.

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