Military rescues Indian crew held by pirates for ransom
MOGADISHU | Somalia’s military has rescued eight Indian crew members who had been held hostage by pirates, an official said Wednesday.
The sailors of a ship hijacked last week were rescued after regional forces surrounded their pirate captors in a small village outside Hobyo. Four pirates were arrested during the operation, he said.
In recent weeks there has been a resurgence of piracy off Somalia’s coast. The piracy was once a serious threat to the global shipping industry but lessened in recent years after an international effort to patrol near Somalia.
But frustrations have been rising among Somali fishermen, including former pirates, at what they say are foreign ships illegally fishing in local waters.