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Obama follows pirate attack on U.S. cargo ship closely: advisor
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08:50, April 09, 2009

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U.S. President Barack Obama is following the pirate attack on a U.S. cargo ship off Somali coast closely, his foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Pentagon officials said a U.S. warship is on its way to the scene.

The U.S. flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama was attacked by four pirates about 500 kilometers off Somalia's coast earlier Wednesday.

After a 12-hour standoff, the ship's crew has retaken control of the ship from pirates, but its captain is being held hostage, the ship's second officer told CNN.


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