Twelve hostages freed, 16 pirates held off Somalia: Denmark

Published: April 12, 2012
Twelve hostages from Pakistan and Iran have been rescued.  PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Twelve hostages from Pakistan and Iran have been rescued. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

COPENHAGAN: The Danish navy said Thursday it had stopped a pirate ship off the Somali coast, rescuing 12 Iranian and Pakistani hostages and arresting their 16 captors.

“The Danish warship Absalon yesterday (Wednesday) stopped a pirate mother-ship. Sixteen suspected pirates have been arrested. Twelve hostages from Pakistan and Iran have been rescued,” the navy said in a statement.

The navy said no one was injured in the operation off the east coast of Somalia and that the Absalon, a command and support ship which is part of a Nato-led counter-piracy mission, had not needed to use armed force.

“Onboard the mother-ship, Absalon found 16 suspected pirates, who are now being held on Absalon. In addition, 12 people from Pakistan and Iran, who were being held captive on the pirate mother ship for a month, were there,” the statement said.

“The rescued hostages have provided witness testimony onboard the Absalon and have now sailed home,” it said, adding: “Danish authorities will now investigate whether there is a possibility to prosecute the suspected pirates.

At the end of February, the Absalon stopped another pirate mother-ship, freeing 16 Pakistani and Iranian hostages and capturing 17 pirates, but that operation was not as successful: two other hostages died during the rescue bid.

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  • Apr 14, 2012 - 4:43PM

    on the behalf of Bright Future Society we appreciate the great efforts of Danish Navy for the Absalon Stopped another pirate mother ship, Freeing 09 Pakistani people. this is really a great job. the Committee has decided to give Good Samaritan Award to the head of the operation for their excellent work.

    Samuel Payara
    President of Bright Future Society
    Lahore, Pakistan


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