Ransom paid to free British tanker: EU mission

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The owners of a British chemical tanker, held by Somali pirates since December, paid a ransom to secure the release of the ship and its 26 crew, the EU anti-piracy mission announced Friday.

The EU mission said in a statement that a ransom was dropped to the pirates holding the St James Park in the Somali port of Garacaad on Thursday.

The 14,000 tonne freighter had been heading for Thailand when it was seized on December 28. The statement said the crew included six Indians, five Bulgarians, three Turkish, three Filipinos, three Russians, two Romanians, two Ukrainians, one Georgian and one Pole.

© 2010 AFP

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