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Somali Pirates freed 7 Indian sailors after 4 years captivity

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 IST

Seven Indian sailors who were held in captivity by the Somali pirates off the coast of Somalia for four years were released on 30 October 2014. They were released in Harardhere, a coastal town north of Mogadishu. This was the last batch of Indian sailors held in captivity by the Somali pirates.

Of these seven sailors, two each were from Maharashtra and Karnataka and of remaining three one each were from Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.


The batch was released in exchange for an undisclosed ransom and it is not clear that their demands were fulfilled or not. The information of their release was announced at the concluding session of the International Counter Piracy Conference in Dubai by the Chairman of the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme Dr. Peter M Swift.

As per information, these sailors have reached Kenya and are in good health. It is expected that these sailors will reach India in next few days.

Background
These sailors were held in captivity since September 2010, when the pirates hijacked the Panama-flagged ship MT Asphalt Venture. Eight of their colleagues were freed along with the ship in April 2011 for a ransom and at their release the pirates said that the remaining seven captors will be released only when their fellow Somali pirates who were held by Indian authorities

 

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