BOSASSO, Somalia, March 14 Somali forces have
been sent to free a hijacked ship, a regional police official
said on Tuesday.
"We are determined to rescue the ship and its crew. Our
forces have set off to Alula. It is our duty to rescue ships
hijacked by pirates and we shall rescue it," Abdirahman Mohamud
Hassan, director general of Puntland’s marine police forces,
told Reuters by phone.
Puntland is a semi-autonomous northern region. Alula is a
port town there where pirates have taken the Aris 13 and her
eight Sri Lankan crew.
(Reporting by Abdiqani Hassan in Bosasso; editing by Andrew
Roche; writing by Katharine Houreld)