Somali Pirates Release Oil Tanker Without Ransom

By Irina Slav The Somali pirates that earlier this week hijacked a tanker shipping fuel from Djibouti to Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, have released the vessel and the crew without receiving any ransom, media report. Though unusual, the happy ending comes after intense negotiations between the hijackers, clan elders from the semi-autonomous Puntland region where the crew was held, and the Somali marine force, and even gunfire on Thursday. According to Reuters, a pirate said the release of the eight-strong Sri Lankan crew without insisting on a ransom came…

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