Indian Sailors Held Captive by Pirates

India’s External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has met Egyptian Ambassador Khaled al Bakly and discussed the recent incident of Somali pirates hijacking a ship which had among others six Indian sailors on board.

Government is continuing with its efforts to ensure all possible help in seeking safe release of the sailors, held captive by Somali pirates for more than seven months now, pti reported quoting official sources as saying here today.

The Panama-flagged vessel, MV Suez, was captured by the pirates on August 2 last year.

The ship’s crew includes four Pakistanis, six Indians, four Sri Lankans and 11 Egyptians.

The Somali pirates have reportedly demanded USD 4 million for release of the six Indians, giving a week-long deadline for meeting their demand, which is to expire shortly.

Meanwhile, the families of captives have been demanding immediate and resolute action by the centre regarding the issue.

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