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Pirates free 22 crew off Somalia

October 17, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A group of 22 Asian sailors has been released after more than a month as captives of pirates who hijacked their cargo ship off the coast of Somalia, a South Korean official said.

Also, India announced that it is sending naval warships to the troubled Gulf of Aden on an anti-piracy patrol and the Philippines urged foreign ship owners to use only safe routes patrolled by the U.S.

The crew members released from the South Korean cargo vessel were eight South Koreans and 14 Myanmar citizens, Foreign Ministry spokesman Moon Tae-young told reporters.

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