BOSASSO, Somalia March 16 Somali pirates
released a hijacked oil tanker and its eight Sri Lankan crew on
Thursday, a Somali security official and the pirates said,
bringing the first hijacking since 2012 to an unusually swift
conclusion without the payment of a ransom.
"There has been discussion going on after the gunfight of
this afternoon ... We took our forces back and thus the pirates
went away," said Abdirahman Mohamud Hassan, the director general
of the Puntland maritime police force.
A pirate confirmed the release was made without a ransom
(Reporting by Abdiqani Hassan; Writing by Katharine Houreld;
Editing by Robin Pomeroy)