Pirates release Spanish fishing vessel off Somali coast

April 27th, 2008 - 12:43 am ICT by admin  

Madrid, April 26 (DPA) Pirates have freed the 26-man crew of a fishing vessel seized off the coast of Somalia, the Spanish government announced in Madrid Saturday . “The kidnapping has ended happily,” said Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, but declined to say whether a ransom had been paid.

The pirates had demanded 1 million euros ($1.6 million), according to press reports.

The Playa de Bakio was seized in international waters last Sunday and taken to the Somali coast.

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