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39 Indians still held hostage by Somalian pirates

New Delhi: As many as 39 Indians are still under captivity of the Somalian pirates even after six Indians on board the MV Suez ship were released by them.

Somalian piracy is a global challenge and menace, which requires a well coordinated response by the international community, government sources said, adding there have been 165 incidents, including 45 hijackings by the pirates, who still hold over 550 hostages of various nationalities.

"We have been providing security to all our merchant ships. Indians in custody of the pirates are those who were on board ships belonging to other countries," sources said.

They said the government cannot provide security to every single sailor and added that a global coalition against piracy is needed on similar lines as the one against terrorism.

Underlining that government cannot pay ransom for sailors, the sources said, "If we pay ransom for one, then all Indian soldiers will become sitting ducks for pirates as they will know that government will pay."

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