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Somali Pirates Release Russian Ship After Being Paid £350,000 Ransom

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Pirates: Somali sea bandits, who captured a British captain's boat, are a constant threat

Nairobi, Kenya, March 19, 2008 – Somali pirates have released a captured ship captained by a Briton after after a £350,000 ransom was paid by its Russian owners, it emerged today.

The sea bandits seized the Svitzer Korsakov during its maiden voyage last month, taking the skipper, his Irish chief engineer and four Russian crew members hostage.

Operating in Somalia's northern region of Puntland ice-class tug vessel was making its way to eastern Siberia's Pacific coast.

"We have been informed by our intelligence sources that the money was brought by another ship, we don't know what country that ship was from," Ahmed Saed Ow-Nur, Puntland's minister for fisheries and marine resources, said.

The Russian owners of the vessel said in a statement that all crew members were well and unharmed.

It did not mention any ransom and said it would be irresponsible to give details of contacts with the hijackers.

"Any such details provided in the public domain would, we believe, encourage would-be pirates and add further danger to the victims of such attacks," the company, Svitzer, said

Piracy has been rife in the waters off Somalia since warlords toppled military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. But attacks have reached unprecedented levels due to instability onshore as the interim government battles insurgents.

The U.S. State Department calls Somalia the "preferred venue" for pirate attacks in the region.

"We believe the pirates are now hiding in Puntland and our security forces will hunt them down and bring them to justice," Ow-Nur said.

Semi-autonomous Puntland's reputation for relative stability has been marred by a spate of piracy, hijackings and kidnappings - often for ransom.

Source: Daily Mail

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