Somali security forces succeeded to release the hijacked Indian cargo dhow Al Kausar and freed the ten kidnapped seamen. The vessel was hijacked in beginning of April as part of peaking attacks in Gulf of Aden, keeping people in captivity near the village of Dugulle in the Mudug region. The kidnappers took nine of the crew onshore in central Galmudug state just three days after hijacking of the vessel. The Somali security forces rescued the hijacked Indian cargo on Monday along with two crew members who were left on board of the vessel, as well as the cargo dhow. The security forces caught hold of four pirates who had detained crew members after moving them from their boat.
“I am happy to inform that 10 Indian nationals working as crew on MV AL Kausar which was hijacked by pirates have been rescued”, said the Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj. “We thank Federal Government of Somalia, Galmudug state authorities and people of Somalia for their help and cooperation”, added she.
The Al Kausar pirates were trying to force authorities to free some of their comrades imprisoned in India. However, the security operation completed successful and all the people were in evacuated in good health.
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