SSS frees Indian hostages in rare victory against pirates

The State Security Services (SSS) said on Friday that it has rescued three Indian hostages kidnapped in Rivers State recently.

The secret police said the rescue effort was jointly executed with military operatives. Five members of the political gang were also arrested during the operation.

Spokesperson for the Service, Marilyn Ogar, said in a statement on Friday that, “On 30th January 2014, this Service in collaboration with the military rescued three Indians, Kanishik JHORAR, Mhinder Singh SAINI and Balwinder SINGH.

“They were kidnapped on 3rd January, 2014, while on board a cargo ship, MV SAN MIGUEL belonging to Martinez Hermanos Limitada, an Equatorial Guinea Company, off the coast of Equatorial Guinea and brought to Bonny Channel, Rivers State, where they were held hostage,” the SSS spokesperson said.

“Accordingly, on 31st January, 2014, the three Indians were handed over to the Indian High Commission and the country of their employers (Equatorial Guinea Embassy) respectively. No ransom was paid for their release.

“Meanwhile, five members of the kidnap gang have been arrested, while the leader of the group and others are still at large,” Ogar said.

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