Somali pirates holding seven Indians

Indian hostages still being held, extensive talks with Somali gov’t underway.

Somali pirates holding seven Indians hostage, Centre tells SC

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that Somali pirates were still holding seven Indian seafarers as hostage and that it was holding extensive talks with the new Somali regime as well as neighbours of the terror ravaged country to seek their early release.

In an affidavit, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said Panama merchant vessel ‘Asphalt Venture’, with 15 Indian crew members, was hijacked by Somali pirates on September 29, 2010. The ship, along with eight Indians, was released on April 16, 2011, but the pirates kept seven as hostage.

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