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Eight Indian hostages feed by Somali pirates: Somalia's coast guards

 2017-04-12 13:25:49.0

Eight Indian hostages feed by Somali pirates: Somalias coast guards

New Delhi: The Somalian military rescued eight Indian crew members on Wednesday who had been held hostage by pirates earlier this week, official said.

"The eight hostages were freed without fighting. The security forces overwhelmingly besieged them and the pirates tried to flee, but three of them were captured," Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed, deputy commander of the maritime forces in Somalia's Galmudug state said.

Last week, the pirates stormed the "Al Kausar" ship off the Indian Ocean coast near Yemen on March 31, holding the 10-man crew hostage and making ransom demands.

Somali security forces raided the vessel on Monday, rescuing two Indian crew members, but the pirates managed to escape with the rest of the hostages during the cross fire.

Ahmed confirmed that the newly freed crew members were "safe and healthy."

The Al-Kausar was a transporting cargo carrying wheat and sugar from Dubai via Yemen to Somalia's Bassaso port, was the third vessel hijacked in the space of less than a month off the coast of the Eastern African nation.

Although, the experts have warned that shipping companies have let down their guard after the piracy crises reached its heights five years ago.

Somali pirates started attacking ships during 2005, disrupting a major shipping route in the Red Sea and costing the global economy billions of dollars.

The piracy crises was at its peak in January 2011, when 32 boats and 736 hostages were held.

Though anti-piracy methods ended attacks on commercial vessels, fishing boats have continued to face attacks occasionally.

But on March 13, pirates seized the Aris 13 oil tanker and eight Sri Lankan hostages in the first attack on a large merchant vessel by Somali pirates since 2012.

The pirates say they are acting towards pushing the illegal fishing off their coast, which has long been seen as the major driver of piracy in the country.

Though the pirates have held some hostages for as long as five years, they released the Aris and its crew just four days after its seizure.


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