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$153,000 found on pirate's body

January 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The body of a Somali pirate who drowned just after receiving a huge ransom washed ashore with $153,000 in cash, a resident of the town of Harardhere said.

Five pirates drowned Friday when their small boat capsized after a larger group split a reported $3-million ransom for releasing a Saudi oil tanker.

Graeme Gibbon Brooks, managing director of the British firm Dryad Maritime Intelligence Service, said the deaths weren't likely to deter attacks.

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