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article imageSomalia pirates free Danish ship after ransom paid

By dpa news     Aug 23, 2007 in World
Nairobi - Somali pirates released a Danish ship late Wednesday after a ransom of 1.5 million dollars was paid to them, the head of a maritime organization said Thursday.
The Danica White cargo ship was hijacked June 4 and its five Danish crew members taken hostage by armed pirates who have plagued Somalia's anarchic shores.
"According to our sources, the owner paid 1.5 million dollars, which is what the pirates had asked for," said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Seafarers' Assistance Programme based on Kenya's coast.
Once it was released the ship was sent to neighbouring Djibouti where the crew would get medical check-ups before flying back to Denmark.
Mwangura said they were in "good health and good spirits and happy to be going back home."
The ship was carrying mostly building materials from Dubai to Kenya's port city Mombasa when it was stopped by the pirates.
Somalia's waters are notoriously dangerous and infested with gunmen who hijack ships and their crews and demand ransom for the captives.
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