Crime does pay—to the tune of the $3.2 million ransom that Somali pirates collected today in exchange for releasing a Ukrainian ship they hijacked in September, reports the BBC. The pirates had initially sought $20 million for the arms-laden MV Faina, which had been en route to Kenya. The 20-member crew is safe and healthy, the Ukraine presidency said.
“We have released MV Faina. There were only three boys remaining and they delayed the release for one hour, but now the ship is free,” a pirate told AFP. “No huge amount has been paid, but something to cover our expenses.” But questions remain over the weapons aboard: while Kenya lays claim to them, the ship’s manifest suggests they were going to Sudan.