Somali pirates have released a Kenyan-owned freighter hijacked nearly two months ago after traditional elders intervened, the owner of the ship's cargo said on Wednesday.
The release of MV Torgelow, hijacked 52 days ago in Harardheere, 300 km (190 miles) south of the capital Mogadishu, means at least six other vessels are still held by pirates in Somalia, according to a maritime official...
...Mohamed Ali Waranle, whose Mogadishu-based Taksan Shipping agency hired the ship to ferry 850 tonnes of general cargo to Mogadishu from the Kenyan port of Mombasa, confirmed the release.
"The ship is now in our hands," a relieved Waranle told Reuters by phone from Mogadishu. "They released it condition-free after elders intervened."
He said no ransom had been paid.
The 10 crew on board the Torgelow, a Sri Lankan captain and nine Kenyan crew, were in good condition, officials said.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Another ship release by the Somali pirates reported here: