Kidnapped Indian sailor in Africa freed

An Indian sailor who was kidnapped in last month has been released and will reach on Sunday night, the external affairs ministry said.

“Rohan Ruparelia, who was abducted during the hijacking of the ship Maximus, is flying back to India tonight,” ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said on Sunday evening.

“He is safe and has spoken to his family members. With this, all the 11 Indian crew members are safe and secure and are returning home in batches,” Swarup said.

Merchant vessel Maximus, owned by Dubai-based Warm Seas company, with a crew of 18 was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Abidjan in Ivory Coast on February 11.

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