December 22, 2014
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - A European Union naval spokesman says Somali pirates have received a ransom to release a German vessel
they have been holding for more than three months.
Morten Gramberg declined to give any other details about the ransom or when the Hansa Stavanger would be released.
Hamburg-based shipping company Leonhardt & Blumberg could not be
reached by telephone for comment and did not immediately respond to
an e-mailed request for details.
Pirates captured the Hansa Stavanger on April 4. It has 24 crew members: five Germans, three Russians, two Ukrainians, two Filipinos and 12 Tuvalus.
The pirates have conducted more than 100 attacks this year and are currently holding about a dozen vessels.
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