New Delhi: Eleven months after they captured a ship, Somali Pirates on Wednesday freed MV Rak Africana with eleven Indians and twelve others on board.

"We can confirm that the ship (MV Rak Africana) and its crew members have been freed but the ship is still in the Somalian waters," said a source in the Shipping Ministry which is the nodal department in such matters.

MV Rak Africana, registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadine, is still said to be in the Somalian waters but all the Indians on board are safe.
The ship will take some time to sail again following some technical snag, said the sources.

MV Rak Africana was seized approximately 280 nautical miles west of the Seychelles on April 11, 2010 with 23 crew members on board.

Somali pirates have struck several times in the international waters over the last few years, seizing several ship, six of which had 64 Indians on board before the release of Rak Africana crew members.

India has been talking to various countries in that region seeking their cooperation in fighting the menace but has ruled out hot pursuit.