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Two Cuban Boats Hijacked, Three Dead

A Cuban surveying boat was hijacked on Tuesday and at least 10 people sailed to the Bahamas, a day after three hijackers died in a shooting during an attempt to leave Cuba on a fishing boat, officials said. The hijackings were the first reported since Communist-run Cuba executed three men in April for seizing a Havana Bay ferry in a failed bid to reach the United States. A boat belonging to the state marine surveying company GeoCuba was hijacked in the port of Nuevitas, on the north coast of the central Cuban province of Camaguey, and left at 3:50 a.m., a government statement said. A Cuban border patrol boat followed the vessel until it entered Bahamian waters and reported that seven men were on the deck and about 20 people inside. Cuba asked the Bahamas to return the boat and its hijackers. A spokesman for the Bahamian Foreign Affairs Ministry said the twin-engined Cuban boat was believed to have 10 to 15 people on board and 200 gallons of fuel. Full Story

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