Indian registered vessel ‘Al-Kausar’ which was hijacked off the island of Socotra has been released by the Somali pirates, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
Following negotiations between the owner and the hijackers for the safe release of the vessel, its cargo and crew, the vessel along with its cargo and two crew members were released on April 11. The remaining eight crew were released the next day.
The Indian Navy and the Somalian Security Forces also provided support and assistance during the entire episode.
Indian Navy redeployed its ship operating in the Gulf of Aden for Anti-Piracy Patrol, to the east coast of Somalia where the hijacked vessel was taken to monitor the ongoing situation and remain standby for any contingency operations.