close
This ad will auto close in 10 seconds

Somalia’s Puntland troops rescue hostages on hijacked ship

The Puntland government said their forces captured the Panama-flagged MV Iceberg 1, which was docked near the Gara`ad coastal village in Mudung region.



Nairobi: Forces of Somalia`s semi-autonomous Puntland region raided a hijacked ship and safely rescued 22 hostages, including five Indians, who had been held captive for nearly three years, authorities said Monday.

The Puntland government said their forces captured the Panama-flagged MV Iceberg 1, which was docked near the Gara`ad coastal village in Mudung region.

"After two years and nine months in captivity, the hostages have suffered signs of physical torture and illness. The hostages are now receiving nutrition and medical care," a statement said.

It wasn`t immediately clear if any pirates were captured or killed during the raid.

The rescued crew members include eight Yemenis, five Indians, two Pakistanis, four Ghanaians, two Sudanese, and a Filipino, Puntland Ports and Anti-piracy minister Saeed Mohamed Rage told The Associated Press. The ship was hijacked March 29, 2010.

Alan Cole, the head of the UN`s anti-piracy program, said the MV Iceberg 1 is one of the longest held by Somali pirates.

Close to 120 seafarers are still held by Somali pirates, though that number is considerably down from the height of the piracy crisis two years ago, when more than 600 hostages were held at once.

Hijackings by Somali pirates have significantly decreased in the last couple of years, because many ships now carry armed guards and there is an international naval armada that carries out onshore raids. In 2010, pirates seized 47 vessels.
So far this year, they`ve taken five, a decrease that could signify that the scourge is ending, though experts say it is too early to declare victory.

PTI

From Zee News

0 Comment - Join the Discussions

trending

photo gallery

video


WION FEATURES

Video: Suspected Kashmiri militants play cricket with AK47 as wicket

Nice, France: A year later, through the eyes of a Muslim

Top 5 inventions from Israel (Tech check)

Judaism, India's oldest foreign religion

Vegetarian beef farmer puts cows to pasture

Disabled dogs in Taiwan get hot new wheels