UPDATE 1-Hostage shot dead by Somali pirates

Sun Nov 7, 2010 6:24pm GMT

* Victim's yacht hijacked near Kenya coast last week

* Nationality of victim unclear

(Recasts after South African statement)

By Abdi Guled

MOGADISHU, Nov 7 (Reuters) - A man was shot dead on Sunday after he refused to disembark from a yacht in the Indian Ocean that was hijacked by Somali pirates last week, pirates and residents said on Sunday.

The man was killed in Barawe town on the southern Somali coastline by pirates who had taken him hostage and wanted him to go onshore from his yacht in which he was sailing with others, including a woman and a boy.

His nationality was not immediately clear.

"He was shot and killed after he refused to disembark from his yacht and move onshore in Baraawe town," Ali Shuke, a resident in Baraawe town said.   Continued...

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