Somali security forces ‘rescue sailors’ from Indian ship

Somali security forces say the newly freed crew members were “safe and healthy”. (Photo credit: European Union Naval Force)

(BBC NEWS) – Somali security forces have rescued eight sailors who were kidnapped by pirates, an official says.

The pirates hijacked the Indian cargo ship last month, seizing the 10-man crew and holding them for ransom.

Security forces freed the vessel and two of the crew on Monday. The pirates escaped with the other eight who have now been freed, the official added.

The Al Kausar was the third ship hijacked within the space of a month after a five-year lull.

“The security forces overwhelmingly besieged them and the pirates tried to flee, but three of them were captured,” Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed, the deputy commander of the maritime force in Somalia’s Galmudug state, told AFP news agency.

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Source: BBC News Online

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