Ransom money dropped onto MV Abdullah from helicopter: Engine Cadet Aiyub

Aiyub said, “Two or three days after Eid-ul-Fitr, a bag containing dollars was dropped onto the ship from a helicopter. After receiving the ransom, the pirates divided into three groups and left the ship.”

Staff Correspondent

May 15 2024 10:36 AM

Ransom money dropped onto MV Abdullah from helicopter: Engine Cadet Aiyub
Photo: Bangladesh First

After months of uncertainty and apprehension, Engine Cadet Aiyub Khan and 22 other crew members of MV Abdullah reunited with their family members at Chattogram Port on Tuesday.

But freedom did not come easily for them. Aiyub said they went through tough times during their month-long captivity by Somali pirates, who he said released them only after receiving a substantial ransom, a claim consistent with a Reuters report stating that the pirates were paid $5 million in ransom.

Aiyub said, “We were counting the days until our release. One day, we learned via an interpreter that the pirates had communicated with our ship owner and agreed on a ransom amount.”

He continued, “Two or three days after Eid-ul-Fitr, a bag containing dollars was dropped onto the ship from a helicopter. After receiving the ransom, the pirates divided into three groups and left the ship.”

Aiyub Khan, son of the late Azhar Miah of Rakhalia village in Raipur upazila of Lakshmipur, said, “I was very worried about my mother because our ship was hijacked only a month after my father's death. I don’t know how my mother tolerated all these shocks.”

“The reunion with my mother has healed all the suffering I went through in the last two months,” said Aiyub.

On March 12, Somali pirates hijacked MV Abdullah along with 23 crew members in the Indian Ocean. The pirates took the ship to the Somali coast and released it on April 13.

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