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The Spanish cruiser "Infanta Elena" has freed a Sri Lankan fishing vessel that had been hijacked six months ago by Somali pirates, as reported by the Spanish Ministry of Defence.

The release took place within fifty miles of the coast of Tanzania when the crew of patrol boats sighted the "Nimesha Duwa" vessel.

This ship had been hijacked off the coast of Sri Lanka six months ago and since then was used as a mother ship by Somali pirates and, according to Defence, appears to be related to a failed attack on a merchant ship in the Mozambique Channel as well.

On board were seven suspected Somali pirates and six fishermen who were the initial crew of the ship.

They have been medically reviewed on board and have been provided with food and water.

We spoke to relatives of the fishermen to find out if they had heard of the release of their loved ones.

They confirmed to have received phone calls from their family members after being released.

The owner of the fishing vessel had also been informed by phone.

Some of the family members expressed their relief to our news team.

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