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Turkish shipowner says Somali pirates freed tanker

ANKARA, Turkey - The owner of a hijacked Turkish ship says Somali pirates have freed his vessel and 14 crew on board.

ANKARA, Turkey - The owner of a hijacked Turkish ship says Somali pirates have freed his vessel and 14 crew on board.

Hasan Kemal Yardimci says his ship, the Karagol, was freed late Monday. Pirates had hijacked the Karagol on Nov. 13 off the coast of Yemen as the tanker was heading to India with a cargo of chemicals.

Yardimci, who is also a member of Turkey's Parliament, says all of the 14 crew members are well. But he did not say Tuesday what happened to the chemicals or if a ransom had been paid.

Pirates last week freed the Turkish freighter Yasa Neslihan, and its owner acknowledged paying ransom.

Pirates are still holding another Turkish ship.

 
 
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