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Nine Pakistanis among 12 hostages freed from Somali pirates

The Danish Navy on Thursday said it had stopped a pirate ship off the Somali coast, rescuing 12 hostages, nine of them Pakistanis, and arresting their 16 captors.
“The Danish warship Absalon yesterday (Wednesday) stopped a pirate mother-ship. Sixteen suspected pirates have been arrested. Twelve hostages from Pakistan and Iran have been rescued,” the navy said in a statement. “No one was injured during the operation,” navy spokesman Mikael Bill told AFP, adding that nine of the hostages were Pakistani and three were Iranian and that they had been held by the suspected pirates for about a month.
“They were being held on their own boat,” a fishing vessel, which the pirates had hijacked and used to attack other ships, Bill explained. The operation took place on Wednesday morning and was quickly over, he said, pointing out that the Absalon, a command and support ship which is part of a NATO-led counter-piracy mission called Ocean Shield, had not needed to use armed force. The hostages had provided witness testimony onboard the Absalon and had been allowed to sail on their freed ship, while the pirates were being held on the Danish warship.
“Onboard the mother-ship, Absalon found 16 suspected pirates, who are now being held on Absalon. In addition, 12 people from Pakistan and Iran, being held captive on the pirate mother ship for a month, were there,” the statement said. “The rescued hostages have provided witness testimony onboard the Absalon and have now sailed home,” it said, adding: “Danish authorities will now investigate whether there is a possibility to prosecute the suspected pirates.”



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