Twenty-six Asian sailors who were held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years have been released following intense negotiations.
More than a dozen fishermen are feared dead following a presumed pirate attack on ships in waters next to the Caribbean. Officials think the sea raiders came from neighboring Guyana.
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.
The six were abducted by an armed criminal gang in late October off the southeastern Nigerian coast. The circumstances of their release remains unclear.
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