Somali Pirates Release 7 Indian After 4 Years

Somali Pirates Release 7 Indian After 4 Years

Seven Indian sailors kidnapped by Somali pirates more than four years ago were freed on Thursday, in a move which Indian seafarers term as historical. ‘MV Ashpalt,’ the Panamanian vessel with a crew of 15, was hijacked by Somali pirates in September of 2010. The ship and eight of the crew were released on April 16, 2011 but seven Indian sailors were held captive by the pirates as their ransom demand was not met.

On Thursday it was declared that the sailors were released in Harardhere, a coastal town north of Mogadishu, and were flown to the capital. “The seven Indian sailors, among them a captain, were held hostage by pirates near Harardhere for four years,” area governor Hussein Ali Weheliye Irfo said.

“They have suffered hardships both mentally and physically but they are finally free, thanks to the Somali government and other external actors,” he added.

The last release of a person held captive on land by these pirates was in the late 1999s when one Alphonse Jagan from Uveri in Tuticorin was released after six months. One of the sailors who were released on Thursday is Danishtan Fernando of Punnaikayal, which is also Vimalson’s village. “His father Fernando received the salary from the ship’s company till Sept last year and after the ship was sold the salary also stopped coming,” he said.

The sailors who are in Kenya would be given three to four days to get psychologically adjusted before returning home, Vimalson said. “We laud the efforts of the Indian government in bringing them back,” he added.

Related Post

Taiwan plane crash into river, killing at least 16 (PICTURES)
views 57
A plane carrying mostly Chinese tourists has crashed into a river in Taiwan, killing several people. Dramatic video footage emerged showing the TransA...
3,000 prisoners escaped from Congo jail
views 24
More than 3,000 prisoners are believed to have escaped from the main prison in Democratic Republic of Congo, security sources have told the BBC. The a...
6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes Chile
views 27
A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 has struck off the west coast of Chile, rocking the capital Santiago and briefly causing alarm along the Pacific C...
ISIS claims car bomb attack on Russian military base
views 161
The barbaric jihadist regime reportedly drove and detonated a car bomb at the Russian military headquarters in Southern Dagestan earlier today (Septem...
SWEDEN ATTACK: Terror suspects arrested
views 34
Police have arrested a terror suspect who has confessed to ramming a truck into shoppers in Stockholm, killing at least four people. The man went on t...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK