Pirates free German ship two months after capture: EU

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Somali pirates have released a German-owned ship and its crew of seven Filipinos and one Romanian, two months after capturing them off the coast of Oman, the EU anti-piracy mission said Thursday.

The EMS River was carrying petroleum products from the United Arab Emirates to Greece when it was hijacked on December 27.

The vessel, registered in Antigua and Barbuda, was released on Tuesday, the EU Navfor mission said in a statement.

"According to the owner of the vessel, all crew members are well and unharmed," it said.

Somali pirates are operating further and further out to sea looking for ships to capture in exchange for huge ransoms, but an EU Navfor spokesman was unable to confirm if any money was paid for the German ship's release.

© 2011 AFP

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