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Somali pirates release hijacked ship – Somali marine force, pirates

BOSASSO, Somalia March 16 (Reuters) – Somali pirates released a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew on Thursday, a Somali security official and the pirates said, bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to an unusually swift conclusion without the payment of a ransom. “There has been discussion going on after the gunfight of this afternoon … We took our forces back and thus the pirates went away,” said Abdirahman Mohamud Hassan, the director general of the Puntland maritime police force.

A pirate confirmed the release was made without a ransom payment. (Reporting by Abdiqani Hassan; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)