Somali pirates collect ransom, release Russian shipMarch 18th, 2008 - 8:50 pm ICT by admin
Nairobi, March 18 (Xinhua) Somali pirates have released a Russian ship they had seized off the Horn of African last month after receiving a ransom of $700,000, a local official said Tuesday. The Svitzer Korsakov, a tugboat, was captured in February when it was heading for Russia’s Pacific coast. Four Russian crewmembers, an Irish chief engineer and a British captain were taken hostage.
There were at least 40 attacks by pirates, including three against World Food Programme-chartered ships, last year off Somalia’s 3,700 km of un-patrolled coastline.
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