Somali pirates still holding 3 Kenyans

Three Kenyans are among the "foreign sailors" still held by Somalia pirates, a Kenyan marine expert said.

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Andrew Mwangura said Tuesday that the three hostages, including a woman, were captured by Somali pirates in November 2014.

On Saturday, Somali pirates released 26 crew members of an Omani-flagged fishing vessel FV NAHAN 3, which was hijacked south of the Seychelles in March 2012, following negotiations.

Mwangura said the three Kenyans — Lois Njoki Weru, George Macharia Mburu and George Macharia Njoki — were being held alongside other 13 “foreign sailors”.

Weru was captured along with her partner James Kuria in November 2014, while delivering medicine in Somalia. Kuria was freed during an operation by Somali security forces last February, according to Mwangura.

“Two other Kenyans were working for a construction company in Mogadishu when they were kidnapped by militia from Habargidir, who are demanding ransom from the family to set them free,” said Mwangura.

Mwangura said the three were living in deplorable conditions in the hands of pirates.

Mwangura said they had submitted details of the three Kenyans to relevant authorities but the government is yet to contact the families. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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