‘Pirate’ pleads guilty in fatal hijacking of sailing couple

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A Yemeni man pleaded guilty to piracy Thursday for his role in the hijacking of a yacht off the coast of Africa that left four Americans dead, including a Seattle couple.

Mounir Ali is now the 11th man to plead guilty in the February hijacking of the yacht Quest, although prosecutors don't believe any of those men fired the fatal shots aboard the sailing vessel.

The owners of the Quest, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death after being taken hostage several hundred miles south of Oman.

They were the first U.S. citizens killed in a wave of pirate attacks that have plagued the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean in recent years.

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