Somali pirates release Danish vessel with six crew

Nairobi, May 2 (IANS) Having kept the Danish coaster — M/V Leopard — in their custody for two years, Somali pirates have released it along with six crew members, a Kenyan maritime official said Wednesday.

The vessel which was captured in January 2011 was released Tuesday with the crew, reported Xinhua citing Seafarers’ Union of Kenya secretary general Andrew Mwangura.

“The two Danish and the four Philippine sea men have very recently been released off the Somali coast and are now in safe surroundings,” Mwangura said.

The Danish owned vessel was attacked by pirates while underway Jan 12, 2011.

During the attack two Danish sailors and four Filipino crew members of the vessel were kidnapped from the ship and taken ashore in Somalia.

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