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Ransom paid, Somali pirates release two more ships

Ransom paid, Somali pirates release two more ships

Nairobi: Somali pirates have released a Singapore-flagged chemical tanker with 17 Indonesian crew members held hostage after ransom was paid, according to media reports. ??EU Naval Force spokesman Commander John Harbour was quoted as saying on Saturday that the MV Pramoni and its 24-member crew had been released by the pirates and that the vessel had set a course away from the coast. ??Meanwhile, a Greek owned vessel that was hijacked months ago was released Sunday, naval officials said.
The Greek-owned vessel, named the Navios Apollo, was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden on December 28, the European Union Naval Force Somalia reported.
The vessel was carrying 19 crew members.
The ship and all the crew members were freed Sunday and they were sailing to Oman, the naval force said. [01/03/10]

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