Set Free

Somali pirates have freed a Chinese-owned cargo vessel they had held for nearly seven months.

Owned and managed by Ningbo Hongyuan Ship Management Ltd, the Panama-flagged cargo carrier “Yuan Xiang” was seized on Nov. 12 and its 29-strong Chinese crew taken hostage.

“We have freed the Chinese ship. We have received the agreed ransom this morning and the ship has already sailed away,” a pirate who identified himself as Hussein told the media by telephone from the pirate haven of El-Dhanane.

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