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Hostages held by Somali pirates ‘ate rats’ to survive

NAIROBI: A group of 26 hostages freed from nearly five years in the hands of Somali pirates touched down in Kenya on Sunday, with both tears and smiles marking the end of their ordeal. "Am so, so happy. Really, am so, so happy. For UN, for Mr John (negotiator), for all the world. Thanks to you all," said one of the hostages, Sudi Ahman. But, one of the survivors shared disturbing ordeal they endured during the captivity. Arnel Balbero told the BBC that the group were forced to eat anything they could get their hands on,…

Somali pirates free 11 crew kidnapped in 2010

MOGADISHU: Eleven crew members held hostage by Somali pirates for more than three years have been released, regional and United Nations officials said on Saturday. The number of attacks by Somali pirates has fallen over the last two years due to increased naval patrols and the presence of well-armed security teams on ships. However, 38 crew members remain in captivity, the U.N. said. The 11 men freed on Friday were crew on Malaysian-owned cargo vessel MV Albedo which was hijacked 900 miles (1,500 kms) off Somalia in…