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Somalia's army rescues 8 Indians held hostage by pirates

Somalia's army rescues 8 Indians held hostage by piratesAn official says Somalia's military has rescued 8 Indian crew members who had been held hostage by pirates, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Abdullahi Ahmed Ali, the mayor of Hobyo, told The Associated Press that the sailors of a ship hijacked last week were rescued after regional forces surrounded their pirate captors in a small village outside Hobyo town.

He said four pirates were also arrested during the operation. The mayor said all the Indian crew members have now been rescued as two were freed earlier. He said 10 were taken captive, not 11 as initially announced by officials.

Regional security forces rescued the Indian cargo dhow Al Kausar on Monday but pirates who seized it earlier this month escaped beforehand with eight crew members as bargaining chips to try to force the release of pirates jailed in India.
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