On Friday news began to emerge that an American flagged yacht S/V Quest had been hijacked by pirates about 275 miles off the coast of Oman. It is believed there are 4 American citizens on the yacht. Below is the news report from CBS News.
If the yacht is not disable somehow and the yacht reaches the coast, this is going to get ugly. The value of "four hostages and a little yacht" is less than the value of "four American Christian missionaries - who make for excellent propaganda tools worth plenty of money in that part of the world. Yes, pirates are capitalists, which means they will sell to Al Shabaab, or can use them as barter to keep Al Shabaab out of their business.