Pirates who seized a Comoros-flagged oil tanker released the ship Thursday without conditions, according to a Somali official.
Security official Ahmed Mohamed told The Associated Press the pirates have disembarked the ship, which is now heading to Bossaso port, the region’s commercial hub.
Mohamed said the release occurred after negotiations by local elders and local officials with the pirates, who seized the tanker on Monday and held eight Sri Lankan crew members hostage.
Earlier Thursday, Naval forces clashed with the pirates after they opened fire.
The hijacking of the Comoros-flagged tanker Aris 13 was the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel off somalia since 2012.