The 22 crewmen from the ship Iceberg 1
, held hostage for two years and nine months by Somali pirates, expressed gratitude to the Puntland government forces who freed them on Dec. 23.
A story on the Website Garoweonline
, quoted crew members expressing thanks for their liberation
and said some showed signs of torture. The crew members spoke from Garowe, which is located in Somalia.
, a roll-on/roll-off ship owned by Azal Shipping of Dubai, was
hijacked on March 29, 2010, with 24 crew members from Ghana, Yemen,
India, Pakistan, Sudan and the Philippines.
A Yemini crewman died in October 2010 and an Indian chief officer has been listed as missing.
The crew members were rescued by the Puntland Maritime Police Force after a 13-day siege and battle according to The National
, an English language Website based in the United Arab Emirates. - Chris Dupin