Crew of hijacked Belgian ship head home

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The Belgian, Dutch and Croatian crew will be flown back from Oman.

BRUSSELS - Crew members of a Belgian ship hijacked by pirates off Somalia in mid-April will be re-united with their families early this week, Belgium's government crisis centre said in a statement Saturday.

The announcement came after the ship the Pompei -- which was hijacked at dawn on April 18 about 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the Seychelles and taken to the Somalia coast -- arrived in port in Salalah, Oman Saturday.

The vessel's Dutch captain and crew of two Belgians, three Filipinos and four Croatians are to return home by plane, with the skipper and Belgians arriving in Brussels early Monday.

A press conference has been scheduled for 1000 GMT Monday at Brussels airport.


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