Finally Somali pirates freed Syrian hostages after 2 years

By Piracy

Somali pirates have freed the 3 Syrian hostages held in captivity since 2010 without any ransom or any payment, government officials told in a statement on Saturday.
The 3 hostages were part of the nineteen-strong crew members of a Panama-flagged, United Arab Emirates-owned bulk cargo ship captured in December 2010 some 400 n.m. northeast of the Seychelles islands. The bulk cargo vessel was freed in October 2012 after pirates told they obtained US$400,000, but detained 6 people of the crew members to get more money for them.
The pirates that had held the 3 people were pardoned, Mohamed Aden Tiicey, president of the government of Adado region.
"No ransom or any other payment was paid. We had agreed with pirates to surrender, hand over weapons and unchain the hostages without ransom," Tiicey told.
Hostage Muayad Walio said that he and his companions in captivity were in good health condition.
"I am really happy. We got our so desired freedom after about 2 years and 1 month," hostage Muayad Walio.
Tiicey and a former pirate, Abdiqadir, accompanied the 3 freed hostages to Mogadishu.
"We have taken these 3 Syrian hostages from the Somali pirates - the other crew members had been previously released."
Successful hijackings and kidnappings have fallen steadily since 2010 due to patrolling by an international cooperation of war vessels and the use of armed private security guards on merchant vessels.