Further to the Maritime Security Alert regarding the hijacking of the Indian dhow AL KAUSAR off Socotra Island issued on 03/04/2017, the following information has been released:

Somali security forces have rescued the vessel off the coast of Hin-Barwaaqo village, located south of Hobyo.

The pirates reportedly abandoned the vessel after elders warned them that security forces are approaching and planning an operation to seize the vessel.

Only two crewmembers were found on board, with the remaining nine reported missing.

The pirates are believed to be holding the nine crewmember’s hostage on land.

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