Somali Pirates’ Captives Back Home

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By 2017-04-12

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

The eight Sri Lankan seamen who were taken hostage by Somali pirates last month will be arriving at the Bandaranaike International Airport at about 5.30 p.m. today on a flight from Djibouti, in time to celebrate Sinhala/Tamil New Year with their families.

They had been at the Djibouti Port from the time of their release on 17 March, after interventions by Sri Lankan officials attached to the Foreign Ministry, officials of the Counter Piracy Force and security forces personnel of Puntland, with their Somali captors.

The oil tanker Aris 13 was hijacked and all eight Sri Lankans on board were taken hostage on 13 March by the Somali Pirates in the semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland in Somalia. Initially, the pirates demanded a ransom but they ultimately released them unconditionally.

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