Twenty-six Asian sailors who were held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years have been released following intense negotiations.
The six were abducted by an armed criminal gang in late October off the southeastern Nigerian coast. The circumstances of their release remains unclear.
Pirates have commandeered an Indian commercial vessel with 11 on board on its way from Dubai. After years of relative calm, many are worried that disputes over fishing rights may lead to a resurgent crime wave.
Just days after capturing an oil tanker near Somalia, a group of Somali pirates handed over the ship and the hostages without receiving a ransom. The pirates said they had captured the vessel to protest illegal fishing.
At least 18 people have died after gunmen posing as soldiers stormed a restaurant in the Somali capital after detonating a car bomb outside another. The militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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