Pirates kill crewmember, release UAE ship

NAIROBI — Somali pirates have released a cargo vessel they seized off the coast of the Horn of Africa country after a businessman paid a $25,000 ransom, a maritime official said yesterday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Mon 8 May 2006, 11:09 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:36 PM

The United Arab Emirates-flagged ship, which was heading to the port city of Kismayu carrying goods for businessmen there, was seized on April 27 by Somali gunmen and commandeered to a coastal town near Harardheere, 400km north of the capital Mogadishu.

One crewmember was killed and two others seriously injured during the hijacking. The pirates freed the MV Al Taj, its Libyan captain and nine Indian crew on Saturday.

“We are informed that the Kismayu businessman paid $25,000 so that the gunmen could release the vessel and her crew,” said Andrew Mwangura, of the Seafarers Assistance Programme, a Kenyan-based organisation representing sailors in the region.

“She is now (sailing) back to Dubai with her cargo intact,” he said in a statement.

Somalia’s waters have become among the most dangerous in the world.

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