Somali pirates release tanker, keep 4 hostages
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 15:43
Singapore: Somali pirates have released a palm-oil tanker of a Singapore shipper, along with 21 seamen but have kept back four South Korean crew members of the ship including its captain, the firm said.

Somali pirates have released 21 seamen and a ship that was hijacked 215 days ago off Africa, Singapore's Glory Ship Management Pte Ltd said.

But the pirates have not released four South Korean crew members of the ship, including the captain, said Glory, the management company of the released vessel MT Gimini.

The seamen and the ship were freed on November 30. The freed seamen, 13 from Indonesia, five from China, and three from Myanmar, were not ill-treated and would undergo medical checkups, said Glory.

"We are expending all efforts to secure the release of the four South Koreans still held as hostage," said Glory, adding that the pirates have not kept their earlier promises of releasing all crew.

MT Gemini, registered in Singapore, was hijacked after it sailed out of Kuala Tanjong, a port in Sumatra, on April 6.


First Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 15:43

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