Pirates seize ship with 2 Indians; free them later

Striking yet again, Somalian pirates seized a vessel in the Gulf of Aden but later released the entire crew of 22, including two Indians.

New Delhi: Striking yet again, Somalian
pirates seized a vessel in the Gulf of Aden but later released
the entire crew of 22, including two Indians.

The cargo ship flying a Panamanian flag was hijacked
on Friday. However, a day later, the crew was released in safe
condition, officials here said.

"We have received information that a general Cargo
ship MV QSM DUBAI, with 24 crew members, hijacked on June 2
morning in the Gulf of Aden has been released yesterday," a
senior official in the Directorate of Shipping told PTI.

The crew included two Indians, 11 Pakistani, 9
Egyptians, one Bangladesh and one Ghanaian, the official said.

"It is also reported that the two Indian nationals on
board are safe," the official said, adding, the Directorate is
in contact with the managers of the vessel for updates of the
crew and vessel.

The owner of the vessel had reported that it was
seized on Wednesday after it had sailed off from Brazil.

Over the past few months, the Somali pirates had
seized 11 dhows (slow-moving vessels) with over 120 Indians on
board about two months back. However, they later released some
of the vessels after a ransom was paid by the owners.
Over 50 Indians are still in their captivity.

Repeated attacks on Indian vessels had also prompted
the government to issue warning to dhows about the dangers in
those waters, particularly along the sea-lanes of Salalah and
Male.

The merchandise conducted on seas is worth about USD
110 billion annually, with Indians being among the major
players.

-PTI

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