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Somali pirates have freed a Saudi-owned tanker Al Nisr al Saudi with its crew including 13 Sri Lankans, after receiving an unknown sum for ransom for the ship seized in March, a maritime official said on Wednesday.

The 5,136-deadweightonne tanker had been on its way from Japan to Jeddah with one Greek and 13 Sri Lankan crew members.

"The ship was freed on Tuesday after ransom was paid. The crew is safe, but it needs supplies," Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers' Assistance Programme told Reuters.

  Comments - 6

  • Anemagekata Thursday, 09 December 2010 11:07 AM

    Thank you Saudis

    Cobra Thursday, 09 December 2010 12:20 PM

    Well, its a Saudi ship and Saudi money and the Sri Lankans were lucky because of it!

    Premakumar Thursday, 09 December 2010 01:03 PM

    Unfortunately SL government only gets involved only if big names are there. In this situation SL government did not enough to save their own nationals. Many families suffered so much but the authorities were sleeping. Now of course they will take all these people to HE to take a photograph with them. What a shame for the authorities. Thank you LORD for saving all these people.

    Shane uk Thursday, 09 December 2010 02:29 PM

    Thank god.enjoy Your life with loved ones.May good lord bless You.

    Faqi Thursday, 09 December 2010 07:59 PM

    Premakumar - It has nothing to do with the LORD.. A huge ransom was paid by the Saudie's so they released the ship and crew. if you want to call money Lord then so be it.

    KD Friday, 10 December 2010 12:37 AM

    Thank Saudi's for paying the ransom. BTW they paid it for their ship. Not for cheap Asian lives.


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