September 27, 2008

Somali Pirates Free Egyptian, Japanese Ships After Ransom Payment

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Somali Shabeelle Media Network website on 27 September

Somali pirates have released two of the ships they had abducted after they received ransom.

The Somali pirates who abduct ships along the Somali coastline have released two ships, which were among the 10 they had seized. The pirates were holding the ships in the Puntland region [northern Somalia].

The two ships from Japan and Egypt were released last night after the pirates received a ransom of two million dollars, according to Abdulkadir Muse Yusuf, the Puntland's assistant minister for fisheries.

The official said the pirates received 1.5 million dollars from the Egyptian ship.

The pirates said they are encouraged by the amount of money they are making from their efforts.

The Somali pirates are said to have left the Eyl District, which is a hub for pirates, after the local population and traditional elders recently staged demonstrations against them. [Passage omitted- Repetition].

Originally published by Shabeelle Media Network website, Mogadishu, in Somali 27 Sep 08.

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