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Ordeal over: Hijacked Spanish crew back home

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Ordeal over: Hijacked Spanish crew back home


The crew of the Spanish tuna trawler freed by Somali pirates are back home after their seven week ordeal.

The 36 sailors spoke of their fear while held captive by volatile and heavily-armed Somali hijackers. Its reported the vessel was released after its owners handed over a 3 million euro ransom. Maritime attacks in the area are on the increase as the criminals extend their range, stretching the foreign navies patrolling the waters off the Horn of Africa. Meanwhile, the United Nations has called for a multi-level approach to bring an end to the spate of hijackings. The UN wants a sustainable peace in Somalia with effective governance and the restoration of law and order. From January to September this year, the UN’s International Maritime Organisation noted 160 acts of piracy off the coast of Somalia.

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