Mil­i­tary res­cues In­dian crew held by pirates for ran­som

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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.

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