Somali Pirates Release Togo Ship, Score $100K Ransom

Tanker was to deliver food aid to Somalia
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 20, 2009 8:54 AM CDT
In this photo taken Nov. 5, 2004, workers unload food aid from the MV Liberty Sun at Eritrea's main Red Sea port, Massawa.    (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)
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(Newser) – Somali pirates have released a Togo-flagged cargo ship that was to deliver food aid to their own country, the BBC reports, but only after securing a ransom rumored to be $100,000. “Somali traders were involved in the release,” a pirate source told Reuters. They paid “not more than $100,000.” The ship had been bound for Mumbai to pick up food aid for Somalia when it was hijacked on April 14, a source told the AP.