Pirates free Spaniards held since December: reports

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Somali pirates have freed two Spanish officers who were aboard a Mozambican fishing vessel with a crew of 14 seized in the Mozambique Channel at the end of December, reports said Saturday.

The online edition of El Pais daily said the captain of the Vega 5, Juan Alfonso Rey Echeverri, and first officer Jose Alfonso Garcia were safe aboard a vessel of the Pecanova company which employed them.

The Indian navy had recovered the 140-tonne Vega 5 in March but the two Spaniards were not aboard. Photographs showed them on dry land surrounded by armed men.

The Spanish foreign ministry said Saturday it could not confirm the release of the two officers, and the media reports quoting government sources gave no details.

© 2011 AFP

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