Somali pirates release 26 kidnapped five years ago

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A group of 26 people from Asian countries, was yesterday released by Somali pirates after nearly five years of captivity after their fishing boat was hijacked, announced mediators release.

Maputo The crew of Naham 3 – the second one was longer held hostage by Somali pirates – was kidnapped in March 2012 in the south of the Seychelles islands.

“We are delighted to announce the release of the crew this morning,” said John Steed, coordinator of Hostage Support Partners (HSP), quoted by news the minute, which helped negotiate the release of the group, said the organization Oceans Beyond Piracy ( OBP).

The same source indicated that the group is with Galmudug authorities, central Somalia, and will be repatriated in a humanitarian flight of the United Nations, before being sent to their respective countries.

The pirates had originally kidnapped 29 people, but one died in the attack and two others succumbed to disease during captivity, said the same source.

The crew, who spent most of his captivity on land in Somalia came from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. [FI]

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