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Spanish sailors hijacked by pirates released

All 26 of the crew are heading home
April 26, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Spanish government says the crew of a fishing boat hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia has been freed. Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega says the 26 crew members onboard the 250-foot vessel from Spain's Basque region are sailing back home.

De la Vega says the release was achieved through negotiation.

She said Saturday that the ship's owners and the Spanish government collaborated to find a successful end to the hijacking.


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