Pirates release cargo ship, Sri Lankan crew: EU

Pirates released a Bermudan-flagged cargo ship and its mainly Sri Lankan crew on Tuesday after a ransom was paid, the EU naval force said two months after the vessel was seized off the Oman coast.

Updated: May 11, 2010, 23:14 PM IST

Brussels: Pirates released a
Bermudan-flagged cargo ship and its mainly Sri Lankan crew
on Tuesday after a ransom was paid, the EU naval force said two
months after the vessel was seized off the Oman coast.
The ransom drop was made on Saturday but the pirates
remained on board the ship and only left Tuesday morning,
heading for the Somali coast, the EU Navfor force said in a
statement.

The Talca had a crew of 20 Sri Lankans, a Syrian and a
Filipino. Navfor was monitoring the ship`s progress to port,
the statement said.

The ship was seized off the Oman on March 23.
The pirates struck after the cargo ship had passed
through an internationally recommended transit corridor which
is patrolled by warships and maritime patrol aircraft from
Navfor, NATO, Combined Maritime Forces and other navies.

PTI