Somali Pirates Release 4 Thai Sailors Held Nearly 5 Years

February 27, 2015 4:36 PM

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Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. official said Friday.

The four released on Wednesday were sailors of the MV Prantalay 12 vessel, a Taiwanese flagged fishing vessel seized by Somali pirates on April 18 2010, said the U.N. Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay.

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