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EU: Pirates Release Liberian-Owned Cargo Ship

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The European Union's anti-piracy force says Somali pirates have released a cargo ship after occupying it for 133 days.

A statement Thursday said the Liberian-owned MV Renuar and its crew of 24, all Filipinos, were set free late last week. The EU force says the ship is now sailing to safe port.

The Renuar was hijacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean on December 11th, nearly 2,000 kilometers east of Somalia.

The boat was traveling from the United Arab Emirates to Mauritius when it was attacked.

Somali pirates have used so-called “motherships” to launch attacks thousands of kilometers from their bases on Somalia's eastern coast. The pirates often command millions of dollars in ransom for a ship's release.

Article by VOA News