April 26, 2009 / 11:02 AM / 11 years ago

Somali pirates release Yemeni tanker - official

NAIROBI, April 26 (Reuters) - Somali pirates freed a Yemeni-owned tanker, the Sea Princess II, on Sunday, a Kenyan maritime official told Reuters.

“Information shows that the Sea Princess II is free. She is now underway to safe waters,” said Andrew Mwangura of the Kenyan-based East African Sea Farers Assistance Programme.

“There must have been a ransom paid but we don’t know how much.”

The tanker was seized on Jan. 2 and was carrying petroleum products. It had 15 crew members, including eight Indian seamen.

A sea gang released another ship on Saturday. The Greek ship was let free after a $1.9 million ransom payment. (Reporting by Helen Nyambura-Mwaura)

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