Somalia piracy: Hijacked Albedo ship's hostages freed

Somali pirates pictured in Hobyo in 2010

Eleven crew members of a Malaysian-registered ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates have been freed after more than three years in captivity.

The sailors - from south Asia and Iran - were on board the container vessel, the MV Albedo, when it was hijacked 1,500 km (900 miles) off the coast of Somalia in November 2010.

Details of how they were released have not been disclosed.

They are being flown to Kenya before being repatriated, a UN official says.

Seven of the ship's crew were released two years ago when a ransom was paid; six others have died.

The UN estimates that about 40 people are still being held by Somali pirates.

At the peak of their activity three years ago, the pirates held more than 700 crew members and over 30 ships.

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