World Bulletin / News Desk
Eleven sailors escaped from Somali pirates who had been holding them hostage of three years and seven months on Friday morning.
A senior Somali anti-piracy official told The Telegraph that the hostages escaped by squeezing through a small window and running away to a nearby village, where the sought refuge with a government-affiliated militia.
Most of the men were naked, traumatized and had shown signs of abuse. It is reported that some of them had the skin on their hands torn away with pliers, and had been starved for three days at a time.
"Some of them were beaten very badly. Sometimes they were forced to call their people at home to say they needed money to be released, and they were close to dying, and they were beaten while they were on the telephone. All of them are so happy to be free," Omar Sheikh Ali Osoble, counter-piracy focal point for the Galmudug regional administration told the newspaper.
All crew of the Iranian cargo ship, The MV Albedo, the men had gone missing in November 2010 after their ship was raided by 900 pirates. One crew member died during the raid.
The pirates demanded $10 million randoms, but the Iranian firm employing the men was uninsured and therefore could not pay. A Pakistan businessman was able to raise enough money to release the Pakistani crew members last year, but Iranian, Bangladeshi, Indian and Sri Lankan remained as captives.Last Mod: 07 Haziran 2014, 23:15