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UK-flagged ship released by pirates after ransom drop

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The amount paid was not revealed by the European Union Naval Force in Somalia
  • The MV Asian Glory had been held since January
  • It was hijacked 600 miles from the Somali coast

(CNN) -- The European Union's naval force patrolling the waters off Somalia announced that a British-flagged ship was released Friday after a ransom drop was made to the pirate gang holding the merchant vessel.

The amount of the ransom was not announced.

The hijacked vessel -- MV Asian Glory -- had been held near Garacad on the Somalian coast, the European Union Naval Force in Somalia said in a news release.

The ship was hijacked in January about 900 nautical miles north of the Seychelles, and 600 miles from the Somali coast, it said.

The ship has a crew of 25 people of Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Indian and Romanian nationalities, it said.

The European Union naval operation was launched in 2008 to tackle the outbreak of piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia, an important shipping corridor for food aid delivery and other maritime transport.