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Somali pirates free 11 crew kidnapped in 2010


MOGADISHU: Eleven crew members held hostage by Somali pirates for more than three years have been released, regional and United Nations officials said on Saturday.The number of attacks by Somali pirates has fallen over the last two years due to increased naval patrols and the presence of well-armed security teams on ships. However, 38 crewmembers remain in captivity, the UN said. The 11 men freed on Friday were crew on Malaysian-owned cargo vessel MV Albedo which was hijacked 900 miles (1,500km) off Somalia in November 2010 while sailing from the United Arab Emirates to Kenya. “They are all healthy,” said Abdi Yusuf Hassan, the interior minister of Galmudug region. He said no ransom was paid. 

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