Obama declines comment on US hostage crisis off Somalia

WASHINGTON, April 9 Thu Apr 9, 2009 10:18am EDT

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WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama declined to answer reporters' questions on Thursday on a hostage crisis off the coast of Somalia, where a U.S. ship captain is being held captive by pirates.

Obama was asked to comment on the situation several times by reporters at a White House event on refinancing for homeowners. Obama, however, stuck closely to the script and replied that he wanted to remain focused on housing.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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