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August 18, 2009


DW Germany - Moscow says Russia's navy has liberated the mainly-Russian crew of the Arctic Sea, and seized eight suspected hijackers, after weeks spent searching for the mystery ship. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyikov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that the hijackers included two Russians, two Latvians and four Estonians. The announcement comes a day after the Russian navy secured the missing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Verde islands. The disappearance of the cargo ship had baffled maritime authorities for weeks. Serdyukov said the Arctic Sea was hijacked in Swedish territorial waters in the Baltic Sea on July 24, a day after leaving a Finnish port. He added that the hijackers had approached the Arctic Sea in a dinghy, requesting assistance, then forced the 15-man crew of the Maltese-flagged, Russian-owned vessel to set a course for Africa and turn off all navigational and tracking equipment.


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