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Somali official: Somali security forces rescue hijacked boat

A Somali official says security forces recovered an Indian-registered boat hijacked by Somali pirates nearly a week ago, but nine of the crew are still being held hostage.

Abdullahi Ahmed Ali, the mayor of Hobyo, told The Associated Press Monday that security forces rescued two crew members in the boat Sunday night but pirates escaped to land and have nine of the Indian crew.

In recent weeks there has been a resurgence of piracy off Somalia’s coast after five years of inactivity. Somalia’s piracy was once a serious threat to the global shipping industry. It has lessened in recent years after an international effort to patrol near Somalia, whose weak central government has been trying stabilize the country after 25 years of conflict.

©AP

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