March 14, 2011

"Reports say owner paid ransom of $4,000,000"

Gulf News "Somali pirates on Monday released MV Jahan Moni along with 26 hostages aboard the ship, which was hijacked more than three months ago from the Arabian Sea while sailing to Greece, officials said." By Anisur Rahman

'"They freed the hostages along with the ship," a foreign office spokesman told Gulf News.

'Without elaborating, he said the ship was released at 10:20am Bangladesh time and all the 25 crew and the wife of the vessel's chief engineer were safe and in good health.

'A representative of the Bangladeshi owner of the vessel said they were expected to hold a press conference at the southeastern port city of Chittagong on Monday on the release of the hostages and the ship.

'"The pirates are set to free all the 25 crew and the wife of the ship's chief engineer onboard as everything was done to secure their release in line with the pirates demands," the mass circulation Samokal newspaper quoted him as saying yesterday.'

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