Somali pirates have freed a Dutch freighter with a Ukrainian crew, nearly two months after the vessel was captured in the
The Dutch government says one crew member has been shot dead by the pirates and another has been wounded. Dutch Marines are providing medical assistance and escorting the ship back to neutral waters, the Dutch Foreign Ministry adds.
“According to the Ukrainian embassy in the
Reuters says it is not clear how or why the ship was freed earlier today. A spokesman for the Dutch Foreign Ministry said force was not used but could not comment on whether a ransom was paid.
The Dutch owner-operator of the vessel, Cargadoor Amons & Co, declined to comment on the release of the ship or any ransom.
The Ukrainian embassy in
The 2 575-tonne Marathon was westbound through the