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Somali pirates release Stolt Valor
November 16, 2008 10:52 IST
Last Updated: November 16, 2008 14:33 IST
M T Stolt Valor, a cargo ship with 18 Indian sailors on board and hijacked by Somalian pirates in the Gulf of Aden two months back, has been released, National Union of Seafarers of India said on Sunday.
The cargo ship, owned by a Japanese company and managed by Fleet Marine Ltd in Mumbai, was hijacked by the armed Somali pirates on September 15. The hijackers had demanded a ransom of $6 million for the release of the crew but later brought the amount down to $2.5 million.
Reacting to the development, a relieved Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu said he had requested Defence Minister A K Antony and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to extend help in getting the sailors in the hijacked ship released.
He said the Indian Navy had sent a warship to the area in the Gulf of Aden where the ship had been hijacked.
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