A Danish Navy ship has rescued 14 hostages thought to have been held by pirates off the coast of Somalia on Saturday, according to a statement released by the navy the following day.
The shipping vessel was captured along with small skiffs and 25 suspected pirates. The pirates were questioned on Sunday, and the 14 hostages, from Pakistan and Iran, have returned to their respective homelands.
The Absalon Warship is serving in NATO's counter-piracy mission, Ocean Shield, in the Indian Ocean and its Commanding Officer, Carsten Fjord Larsen, said in a statement that “the operation went as planned, without casualties to the crew, hostages or pirates.”
Larger support vessels, such as the fishing vessel captured, are a common practice in Somali piracy as they allow them to operate farther from shore.Tweet