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Somali pirates release Malaysian ship: NGO

world Updated: Aug 03, 2009 13:15 IST

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Somali pirates have released a Malaysian tugboat and its 11 Indonesian crew members after a ransom was paid, ending an eight-month ordeal, a Kenya-based maritime watchdog group said on Monday.

"The Malaysian tugboat TB Masindra 7 with its attached Indonesian barge ADM1 is free," the non-governmental organisation Ecoterra International said in a statement.

"The all-Indonesian crew of 11 seafarers is said to be all right, given the circumstances after the presently second longest sea-jacking case," it said, adding that the vessel was released "after a ransom was paid."