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19 November 2017 08:57 (South Africa)

British couple held hostage by Somali pirates

A British couple kidnapped by Somali pirates told journalists they were being held hostage on a Singapore-registered container ship about a mile off the coast of Somalia. Their empty yacht was found drifting by a naval rescue mission. In a phone call to news agency, ITV, Paul Chandler said there had been no ransom demand, as usual. The hijacked man's brother-in-law confirmed it was Chandler’s voice on the phone. Somali fishermen reported seeing the couple being taken ashore some time after the telephone call. Piracy is a major source of income in Somalia’s coastal villages, with navies including those from the EU, US, China and India now patrolling the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.  Read more: BBC, MSNBC

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