Sailors who had been held hostage by pirates for more than four years, and were released in Somalia on Saturday, react as they arrive at the airport in Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. (AP Photo)
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Following more than four years in captivity, 26 Asian sailors held hostage by Somali pirates have been released from their captors, China's Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday.The crew from Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Indonesia, China and the Philippines had been among the few hostages still in the hands of Somali pirates.The sailors were the crew of the FV Naham 3, a Taiwan-owned fishing vessel seized in March 2012, said pirate representative Bile Hussein. Most hostages held by Somali pirates have been sailors on merchant ships, although European families also have been kidnapped from their yachts while traveling in the dangerous waters.
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