On 12th April, 2017, early Wednesday morning, Somali security forces clashed with pirates and freed nine crew kidnapped from an Indian cargo ship Al Kausar off Somalia’s coast.
The pirates had seized the dhow on 3rd April in the vicinity of Socotra (Island) while it had been en route from Dubai to the port of Bosaso.
Two of the 11 crew onboard, during the hijack were rescued during an attack conducted by Galmudug security forces while the pirates managed to escape with 9 others.
Pirates had told Reuters that they kept the crew as bargaining chip for release of 117 pirates jailed in India.
The crew were onshore in central Galmudug state on Monday by the kidnappers.
The troops of Galmudug clashed with the pirates on Wednesday when they were trying to move the hostages to another location
The mayor said that the forces had blocked all roads for the rescue operation.
All nine crew are safe, but have not had any food since last three days, Isha Thaim, a member of the family in India that owns the cargo dhow told Reuters.
Piracy in the region of Somalia was at peak with 237 attacks in 2012 but declined due to joint efforts of ship owners and naval forces to combat piracy.