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Four Iranian fishermen released by Somali pirates

Chabahar, Four Fishermen from the south eastern part of Iran who were taken hostages by Somali pirates were released on Thursday, a local official said.

'During the past years, many fishermen have been kidnapped by pirates,' managing director of Fishery Organization in Sistan-Baluchestan Province Hedayatullah Mirmoradzehi told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Twenty fishermen from the province have been taken hostage by Somali pirates since 2015, he said, adding that four of them have been released and now they have returned to Iran.

'Sixteen more fishermen are now at Iran's embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, who will return to Iran by a vessel in coming days,' the official said.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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