Galkayo, So­ma­lia

The Week Middle East - - News -

Hostages freed: So­mali pi­rates have re­leased 26 sailors they had been hold­ing as pris­on­ers since March 2012. The crew of the FV Na­ham 3 – from Viet­nam, Tai­wan, Cam­bo­dia, In­done­sia, China and the Philip­pines – are be­lieved to have been among the last re­main­ing cap­tives held by So­mali kid­nap­pers. Given min­i­mal food and water, two of the orig­i­nal crew died; the rest said they’d eaten rats to sur­vive. It seems a £1.2m ran­som was paid to se­cure their re­lease. Pi­rate at­tacks off the coast of So­ma­lia have be­come far rarer in re­cent years, partly be­cause the seas there are now heav­ily pa­trolled.

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