Georgian Sailors Freed After 16 Months with Somali Pirates

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 4:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Georgian officials say Somalia pirates have freed 15 crew members of a cargo ship seized more than a year ago.

The officials gave no details of the release and did not say if a ransom was paid. They say the freed hostages are in satisfactory condition.

The Somali pirates hijacked the Maltese-flagged ship in the Gulf of Aden on September 8, 2010. Three Turkish sailors were also on board, but the Georgian officials did not say if the Turks were also freed.