Somali pirates are leaving the Ukrainian ship MV Faina after receiving a ransom and the vessel will be released shortly, a Kenyan-based piracy monitoring group said on Thursday.
The MV Faina was captured in September with its 20-man crew and a cargo of Soviet-era T-72 tanks plus other weapons. Its seizure drew international attention, not only for its military cargo but for a regional row over the destination of the tanks.
"We hear the pirates are leaving the Faina now in small groups and it will be underway shortly," said Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers Assistance Programme.
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