Somali pirates release oil tanker and crew

Eight Sri Lankan crew members in the hijacked oil tanker by the Somali pirates  were released without a payment or ransom, the crew members confirmed to Ada Derana. The vessel company stated that the pirates did not demand ransom to release the oil tanker and its crew. The released tanker is now heading to Somalia while the crew memmers are expected to reach Sri Lanka by Sunday (19), it said. Somali pirates who seized the Comoros-flagged oil tanker earlier this week after five years without a major hijacking in the region have released the ship and its crew without conditions. Meanwhile, the AP reported, Abdirizak Mohamed Ahmed, the director of Puntand anti-piracy agency, has also confirmed the release of the ship Thursday night and said naval forces had boarded it to escort it to port. The European Union anti-piracy operation in the region had said the pirates had been holding the crew captive and demanding a ransom. Ahmed said the Puntland naval forces had been dispatched to the area not to free the ship by force but to cut off any supplies to the pirates. Mohamed said the release occurred after negotiations by local elders and local officials with the pirates, who seized the tanker on Monday and held eight Sri Lankan crew members hostage. Earlier Thursday, Naval forces clashed with the pirates after they opened fire. The hijacking of the Comoros-flagged tanker Aris 13 was the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel off Somalia since 2012 –

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