Two Freed

Somali pirates holding an Algerian bulk carrier, “MV Blida” since January 1 have released two of its 27 crewmen, including one Algerian.

Algerian foreign ministry spokesman Amar Belani said in a statement that one Algerian was released on “humanitarian grounds” together with a second crew member “with foreign citizenship.”

The vessel was captured on its way from Salalah in Oman to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

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