Somali pirates release Danish ship, ransom paid

Somali pirates have released a ship hijacked in November with 13 crew on board in the Gulf of Aden after a ransom was paid, the ship's Danish operator said on Friday.

Somali pirates release Danish ship, ransom paid
The crew, most of whom are Russian, were unharmed and were on their way to Oman under the escort of a Russian warship, the Danish company Clipper Group said.

Clipper paid an undisclosed ransom that was parachuted to the pirates, Danish media reported. The ship, CEC Future, is a general cargo vessel built in 1994 in Denmark and sailing under a Bahamian flag. It was hijacked on Nov. 7.

The vital sea lane in the Arabian Sea between Yemen and Somalia links the Middle East Gulf and Asia to Europe and beyond via the Suez Canal and is critical to Gulf oil shipments.

The pirates released a Saudi tanker earlier this month after a $3 million ransom was parachuted onto its deck.

Reuters
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