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Freed pirates never made it to shore

A gang of pirates who were released at sea after hijacking a Russian oil tanker last week never made it to shore and are probably dead, military sources said yesterday.

Ten men who hijacked the MV Moscow University in the Gulf of Aden were captured and taken aboard a Russian warship.

An official said the suspects were put into one of the boats they had used in the hijacking.

They were freed because there were no grounds to prosecute them in Russia.

Belfast Telegraph