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[News] The ship Abdullah and its crew released. For a ransom

(B2) The European military maritime operation off the coast of Somalia confirmed on Monday (15 April) the release of the 23 crew members of the merchant vessel Adbullah and the vessel. But she did not specify anything about the conditions of this release.

The Abdullah ship escorted by European ships (Photo: EUNAVFOR Atalanta)

A Bangladeshi bulk carrier tracked by Atalanta

This ship which was transporting more than 55 tonnes of coal from Mozambique to the United Arab Emirates (000) was captured on March 1 (read: [News] A Bangladeshi ship pirated in the Indian Ocean. Anchored off the coast of Somalia). Throughout the 32 days of captivity of the sailors, EUNAVFOR Atalanta “ actively engaged », ensuring in particular the continuous surveillance of the ship, indicates the HQ of the operation in La Rota.

A ransom of five million dollars

This release is not unexpected. The Bangladeshi owners would have paid a ransom of 5 million dollars (around 4,7 million euros), says the news agency Reuters. " The money was brought to us two nights ago. As usual…we checked whether the money was fake or not. Then we divided the money into groups and left avoiding government forces ", said Abdirashiid Yusuf, one of the hackers at the British agency.

Paid by air

« Plane dropped three bags full of US dollars on ship » said Fahmida Akter Anny, the wife of the ship's captain, Mohammed Abdur Rashid.France Media Agency, taken over by the Sailor. “ The pirates called us when they arrived near the Somali coast.” And one of them spoke English, Meherul Karim, CEO of KSRM, confirmed to reporters in Chittagong, Bangladesh, on Sunday. “ He communicated with us until we finalized the negotiations ", he added. Not wanting to confirm the ransom amount.

Another liberation

According to our information, another ship, the Al-Kambar flying the Iranian flag, captured on March 28 was also released shortly after its capture.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

  1. Export of Somali coal to Al Shabab terrorists banned by UN Security Council resolution

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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