?(SBC Monitoring) Somali pirates say they have received a multi-million dollar ransom and released Greek-owned vessel, they seized in January.

The pirates had released MV Eagle, a 52,163 deadweight tonne merchant vessel and its crew of 24 Filipinos maritime officer said.

Andrew Mwangura, editor of Somalia Report, an online journal that tracks piracy of east Africa, confirmed the release. The MV Eagles was seized in the Gulf of Aden on its way from Jordan to India in the middle of January.

“We have received our $6 million …. The ship has just started to sail away from our zone with a warship,” a pirate who only gave his as Kalif said by phone from the coastal town of El-Dhanane.

The pirates are still holding 49 hijacked ships and over 700 sailors.

SBC News Monitoring