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US captain held by pirates is freed

By Jane Deith

Updated on 12 April 2009

The US Navy rescues the captain taken hostage by pirates off Somalia.

US Navy captain, Richard Phillips, is free, safe and unharmed.

After five days held hostage on a drifting lifeboat, he has been rescued from his Somali captors.

But the navy would not comment on the captain's physical condition.

Initial reports say the three pirates who took him were killed during the operation and a fourth was taken into American custody.

Captain Phillips was captured 400 miles off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday.

The crew of the Maersk Alabama, now in Mombassa, have been celebrating their captain's release.

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The CNN correspondent Stan Grant talks live to Krishnan Guru-Murthy from Mombassa.

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