Somali pirates killed as hijacked boat freed

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MOGADISHU: A boat held by Somali pirates has been freed after a gun battle, fishermen and witnesses said Sunday, claiming several of the pirates were killed. There was no precise information on the boat or the fate of its crew, whether international forces were involved in the rescue, or whether the crew had wrested back control on their own. However, security sources said the boat was believed to be an Iranian fishing vessel seized earlier this week with 15 crew off the central Somali coastline. Piracy peaked in 2011, when Somali pirates held more than 700 hostages, but rates of attacks have tumbled, partly thanks to the posting of armed guards on boats as well as navy patrols.

AFP

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