Thu, July 19, 2012
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Chinese embassy confirms release of fishing boat seized by Somali pirates

2012-07-19 01:57:03 GMT2012-07-19 09:57:03(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

DAR ES SALAAM, July 18 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese embassy in Tanzania confirmed Wednesday that a Taiwanese fishing boat had been freed after being taken hostage by Somali pirates for nearly 19 months.

All the 26 crew members -- 13 people from the Chinese mainland, one from Taiwan, and 12 Vietnamese -- have been released and were being escorted by a Chinese navy ship to the port of Dar es Salaam, an embassy counsellor said.

Two teams of government officials from China's Anhui province and Henan province will arrive in Tanzania on Friday to help the freed fishermen return home.

The "FV Shiuh Fu No. 1" trawler was seized by Somali pirates on Dec. 25, 2010 off the Madagascar coast and then forced to Somalia.

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