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Somali pirates free S. Korea sailors 'for ransom'

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Four South Korean sailors held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly 19 months were freed Saturday, Seoul's foreign ministry said after a ransom was reportedly paid for their release. 

Armed Somali pirates carry out preparations to a skiff in northeastern Somalia, ahead of new attacks on ships in 2010. Four South Korean sailors held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly 19 months have been freed, Seoul's foreign ministry said after a ransom was reportedly paid for their release.

"The four Korean crew members of the MT Gemini have been released," the ministry said in a statement, adding the sailors were being taken to safety aboard a South Korean navy ship.

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