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Pirates free hijacked ship bound for Somali port

Last Updated: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 20:19

Mogadishu: A Somali businessman says a ship hijacked by pirates off East Africa two weeks ago has been released.

Ali Dheere, the chairman of a group of traders in Mogadishu, says the al-Mizan has arrived in Somalia`s capital.

The Panama-flagged, United Arab Emirates-owned cargo ship was carrying electronics, food and other goods. The 18-member crew were all in good condition.
Dheere refused to say whether a ransom had been paid, but a self-proclaimed pirate named Abdi Nor tells a news agency that pirates did not demand a ransom since the ship was bound for Mogadishu and carried goods owned by Somalis.

The pirates asked for and received USD 15,000 for "expenses."

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, November 23, 2009 - 20:19
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