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Somali pirates say hijacked ship MV Abdullah released after $5 million ransom was paid

Somali pirates say hijacked ship MV Abdullah released after $5 million ransom was paid

SOMALI pirates released a hijacked ship, MV Abdullah, and its crew of 23 after a $5 million ransom was paid, according to two pirates. "The money was brought to us two nights ago as usual... we checked whether the money was fake or not. Then we divided the money into groups and left, avoiding the government forces," Abdirashiid Yusuf, one of the pirates, told Reuters. He added the ship had been released with all its crew. Somalia government officials did not respond to a request for comment. The MV Abdullah, a Bangladesh-flagged bulk carrier - a type of merchant ship…
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Somali forces, foreign navies prepare attack on hijacked ship

Somali forces, foreign navies prepare attack on hijacked ship

SOMALI police and international navies were preparing to attack a commercial ship that was hijacked by pirates last week, the Puntland region's police force said, two days after Indian commandos rescued another cargo vessel held by pirates. The MV Abdullah was hijacked off the coast of Somalia last week, the latest of more than 20 attacks since November by Somali pirates who had laid dormant for nearly a decade. On Saturday, the Indian navy rescued another cargo vessel, the Maltese-flagged MV Ruen, which had been seized in December, freeing its 17 crew members and arresting 35 pirates. The police force from the semi-autonomous region…
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