Somali pirates freed four South Korean hostages Saturday (December 1st), nearly 19 months after their capture, AFP reported.
The hostages were freed after payment of an unspecified ransom, negotiated by the Singaporean owners of the ship, the South Korean government said in a statement. The four Koreans will undergo medical evaluation before returning home in the coming days, South Korea's Yonhap News reported.
The MT Gemini was captured by pirates on April 30, 2011, with 25 crew members onboard. The ship, operated by Singapore-based Glory Ship Management, and 21 non-Korean crew members were released seven months later in exchange for the release of five Somali pirates who had been captured in a South Korean naval operation last year and sentenced to long prison terms.