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Somali pirates free Philippine chemical tanker, 23 crew members

Published 04/21/2009, Associated Press

Somali pirates freed a chemical tanker and its 23 Filipino crew members today after holding them hostage in the Gulf of Aden for more than five months, the ship owner and officials said. The release came a day after a separate group of bandits freed the Lebanese-owned food aid freighter MV Sea Horse after receiving $100,000 from Somali businessmen. At least 16 other ships with nearly 300 crew remain in the hands of Somali pirates.

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