Seafarers freed after nearly four years in captivity

Dubai: Seafarers on a ship hijacked by Somali pirates nearly four years ago were finally released on Saturday, bringing to an end one of the longest-running Somali piracy cases.

The 11 crew members of the MV Albedo escaped with the help of some of their pirate captors in the early hours of Friday morning and fled to a nearby village where they were taken in by government-affiliated milita.

The Albedo, a Malaysian-flagged container ship, was originally captured in November 2010 with a crew of 23 from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Iran and Pakistan.  [08/06/14]

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