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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Somali Pirates: China Reports Fishermen "Rescue"

China rescues fishermen held by Somali pirates for 18 months:
China has rescued a group of 26 fishermen, mainly Chinese and Vietnamese, who were taken from a Taiwanese trawler and had been held by Somali pirates for the last 18 months, the Chinese government has said.
Not much in the way of details have been provided.

UPDATE: A further report:
The crew consisted of 13 mainland Chinese, 12 Vietnamese and one Taiwanese.

Taiwan's foreign ministry said it had assisted in ransom talks between the boat's owner and the pirates, although it didn't say whether a ransom had been paid. It also thanked Beijing for its assistance in the rescue.

Chinese naval forces are looking after the fishermen and taking them to Tanzania, after which they will be sent home.

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