After long time of shortage food and water assissted by lack of medical care and living under hash rule of pirates, the four Thailand sailors who were held captive by Somali pirates for 4 years and 10 months were set free and handed over to officials from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) by the administration of Galmugud State on Thursday.
Galmudug State did not comment on whether ransom was paid.
The sailors were immediately flown from Ushaka Airstrip in Harar-Dheere district and they will be sent to their home countries over the coming days by UNODC.
Briefing the media at Dusa-Mareb airport, lawyer Omar Sheikh Ali, who was campaigning the release of these people confirmed the release of the sailors.
“The sailors who were abducted and kept in Gara’ad locality were freed as a result of efforts made by the administration and Somali people” Omar said.
On the other side, the former minister of Galmudug State, Abdikadir Abdi Jama’a has commended the release of the hostages and urged UNODC help Somalis on how free many Somalis who were arrested in many countries such India.
One of Thailand officials at the airstrip said that they are 26 Thailandians who are still in the hands of Somali pirates and urge Somali people take part in to the process to release them.