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Somalian pirates release Singapore ship; Indians safe

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 18:18

Mumbai: After holding it captive for a
little over two months, Somali pirates have released the
Singapore-flagged container ship MV Kota Wajar and three
Indian sailors on board are safe, the National Union of
Seafarers of India (NUSI) said on Tuesday.

"The hijacked vessel was released after long
negotiations. Three Indian members on board are also safe and
will return home very soon," NUSI general secretary Abdulgani
Y Serang said.

The ship, seized by the pirates on October 15 in the
Indian Ocean about 500 km north of Seychelles island, was
released last night.

The vessel was sailing to the Kenyan port of Mombasa
carrying goods.

The three Indians on board include a chief engineer
and a cadet.

The NUSI said a Canadian warship was providing the
hijacked vessel with medical and logistical support.

It, however, refused to divulge details of the terms
of negotiations with the pirates.


First Published: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 18:18

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