Somali pirates release Greek-owned ship

April 24, 2011 10:33

MOGADISHU - Somali pirates have freed a Greek-owned ship they seized in January, pirates and a maritime official said.

The pirates said they had released MV Eagle, a 52,163 deadweight tonne merchant vessel and its crew of 24 Filipinos seized in January, about 500 miles south west of Oman, while it was en route to India from Jordan.

"MV Eagle is free. All 24 Filipino crew members are safe and sound," Andrew Mwangura, maritime editor of the Somalia Report, said late on Saturday.

Pirates said they received a $6 million ransom for the ship's release, but this could not be independently verified.

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