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Somali pirates free 26 hostages held for nearly 5 years

NAIROBI: Pirates in Somalia have released 26 Asian hostages held captive for nearly five years after their fishing vessel was hijacked, negotiators said on Saturday. The crew of the Naham 3, the second longest held hostages by Somali pirates, were taken captive when their Omani-flagged vessel was hijacked in March 2012 south of the Seychelles. "We are very pleased to announce the release of the Naham 3 crew early this morning," said John Steed, the Coordinator of the Hostage Support Partners (HSP) who helped negotiate…