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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Somali pirates: Ccrew of Spanish fishing boat freed

Reported here
Spain said Saturday that a Spanish fishing boat carrying 26 crew which was seized by pirates off Somalia has been released, but there was no indication whether any ransom was paid or if military force was used.

"The fishing boat Playa de Bakio has been released" and is heading towards "safer waters" in the Seychelles escorted by a Spanish frigate, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said.

She told a news conference the crew comprising 13 Spaniards and 13 Africans are "in perfect health".

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