Somali forces surrounded pirates holding hostages taken from an Indian ship and secured the surrender of 10 members of the gang. They then enlisted the parents of the other three to persuade them to give up, officials said.
Regional security forces rescued the Indian cargo dhow Al Kausar on Monday but pirates who seized it earlier this month escaped earlier with nine crew as bargaining chips to try to force the release of pirates jailed in India.
Hirsi Yusuf Barre, mayor of Galkayo in Somalia’s Galmudug state, said 10 pirates surrendered after they were surrounded, leaving three holding the nine dhow crew.
Apart from denying the pirates food and water, security forces brought the parents of three pirates to the scene to persuade their sons to give up, Barre said.
“The remaining three pirates will be taken out by their parents in the coming hours. We shall rescue the crew soon and they will rejoin their two colleagues on the ship,” he said.
Two of the dhow crew were rescued on Monday after being left in a car pirates abandoned after a chase.
The hijacking of the Al Kausar was part of a sudden string of attacks by Somali pirates after years without a reported incident. Attacks peaked at 237 in 2012 but then declined steeply after ship owners improved security measures and international naval forces stepped up patrols.
This month has seen a rash of attacks, with two ships captured and a third rescued by Indian and Chinese forces after the crew radioed for help and locked themselves in a safe room.
Residents of Somalia’s Indian Ocean coastline say piracy resumed after local officials issued permits for foreign fishing vessels to fish in Somali waters. The foreign fishermen they say cut nets belonging to locals and run down small boats.