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Pirates free Yemeni vessel, no ransom paid

Pirates free Yemeni vessel, no ransom paid

Nairobi: Somali pirates have freed a Yemeni cargo ship they seized last week after successful talks between regional authorities, clan elders and the gunmen, a local official told Reuters on Wednesday.

"The Yemeni ship was released last night after long discussions," Ali Abdi Aware, state minister of Somalia's northern Puntland province, told Reuters. "It left Eyl and is heading to Yemen. The crew are safe and no ransom was paid."

The MV Amani, owned by Yemeni shipping firm Abu Talal, has seven sailors on board. It was seized on November 25 as it carried 507 tonnes of steel from Yemen's Mukalla port to Socotra Island. [4/12/08]