Friday, April 13, 2012

Nine Pakistanis among 12 hostages freed from Somali pirates

The Danish Navy on Thursday said it had stopped a pirate ship off the Somali coast, rescuing 12 hostages, nine of them Pakistanis, and arresting their 16 captors.

“The Danish warship Absalon yesterday (Wednesday) stopped a pirate mother-ship. Sixteen suspected pirates have been arrested. Twelve hostages from Pakistan and Iran have been rescued,” the navy said in a statement. “No one was injured during the operation,” navy spokesman Mikael Bill told AFP, adding that nine of the hostages were Pakistani and three were Iranian and that they had been held by the suspected pirates for about a month.

“They were being held on their own boat,” a fishing vessel, which the pirates had hijacked and used to attack other ships, Bill explained. 

Read more: Pakistan Today


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