26 hostages freed after nearly 5 years in captivity by Somali pirates

By REUTERS
October 24, 2016 07:34

Twenty six Asian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years have been released, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday night.

The 26 crew members of the Naham 3, a fishing vessel hijacked by Somali pirates in March 2012, were rescued on Saturday (Beijing time) and moved to Kenya on Sunday with the help of relevant United Nations agencies, said the Foreign Ministry spokesperson.Twenty nine sailors of the Naham 3 were taken captive when their Omani-flagged vessel was seized south of the Seychelles, including 10 from the Chinese mainland, two from Taiwan, and 17 others from the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Three people died after the hijacking, including one from the Chinese mainland and one from Taiwan, according to Hua.



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