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After negotiation by Pakistani, Somali pirates agree to free ship crew

DUBAI, March 28: A Pakistani negotiator for a Malaysian-owned ship held by Somali pirates says he has reached agreement to free the crew in exchange for a ransom of almost $3 million.

The pirates have been holding MV Albedo for more than a year. Negotiator Ahmed Chinoy says they would free its 23 crew members after agreeing to a ransom payment of $2.85 million. Mr Chinoy did not say who would provide the money. He said it will be delivered to the pirates by plane by April 20.

The Kenya-bound ship was hijacked in November 2010 in the Gulf of Aden. Its crew members come from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran.

Mr Chinoy said on Wednesday he reached out to the ship’s hijackers through Dubai-based Somali merchants.—AP

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