Africa | Release comes amid a significant drop in piracy off the East African coast
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/24/16, 10:49 am
Somali pirates have released 26 sailors from a 29-member crew, more than four years after their capture, China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed today. One crew member died during the hijacking, while two others died from illnesses during their captivity.
The Saturday release included sailors from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. They worked on Naham 3, a fishing vessel hijacked by pirates on March 26, 2012, during the height of the region’s piracy epidemic.