Release of Hijacked Indian Dhow ‘Al-Kausar’
New Delhi : Indian dhow ‘Al-Kausar’ which was hijacked off the island of Socotra by pirates, was released By the Somalian’s security forces On Thursday. Indian dhow was hijacked by pirates on first April.
In the interim, negotiations commenced between the owner and the hijackers for the safe release of the vessel, its cargo and crew.
All inter-government agencies maintained a close watch and effective coordination during the progress of negotiations.
Based on the outcome of the negotiations, the dhow along with its cargo and two crew members were released on 11 Apr 17, and the balance eight crew were released on 12 Apr 17.
Somalian Security Forces also provided support and assistance during this operation with armed guards being positioned on the dhow off Hobyo harbour as well as search parties undertaking operations to locate the balance crew ashore.