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'About time someone did something' about Somali piracy

Somali pirates have murdered two of their hostages in cold blood for the first time ever, according to Navfor, the European Naval force patrolling the Indian Ocean.

A spokesman told the BBC that pirates shot dead two Filipino crewmen in late January in retaliation for a failed rescue attempt.

In recent days pirates seized what could be their most precious cargo yet of crude oil, worth £140m.

Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports from Navfor headquarters at Northwood on the losing battle against piracy.

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