Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Somali Pirates Release Hostages After Ransom Paid

A Turkish ship and its crew held by Somali pirates since October have been released, the ship's owner says.

A company lawyer was quoted on one source saying that the Yasa Holding Company had paid a ransom for its ship.

Fehmi Ulgener told the AFP news agency that the 20 crew members were "well and in good spirits".

Several other ships, including two others from Turkey, are still being held in the region. Somali piracy has become a major international issue.

A number of countries have begun naval patrols off East Africa and in the Gulf of Aden to try to combat the attacks.

The ship, the Yasa Neslihan, was transporting 77,000 tonnes of iron ore from Canada to China when it was hijacked in the Gulf Of Aden on 29 October.

Continue Reading Article BBC NEWS 7 January 2009 HERE
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