Fishing boat released from captivity

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A South Korean fishing vessel with 43 sailors aboard, including two South Koreans, was released Wednesday after four months of captivity in Somalia, Seoul's foreign ministry and a local industry source in Kenya said.

The 241-ton trawler Keummi 305 was hijacked Oct. 9 by Somali pirates.

"My understanding is that the ship's company has not paid any ransom," a ministry official said on condition of anonymity. "We need to find out more about the circumstances of the release."

But the source in Nairobi said the pirates appear to have released the ship because they saw little chance of receiving a ransom and it was difficult for them to feed the hostages.

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