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Somali Pirates Free Captives

What a relief for 11 Indonesian sailors captured by Somali pirates last December aboard the Malaysian tugboat Masindra 7 as it sailed toward Malé, Maldives. On Saturday, the captives were freed evidently after a ransom was paid. It isn't hard for pirates to make a move. There are only a few dozen patrols—including from Russia, China, the U.S., and Malaysia—patrolling about 2 million square miles off the tumultuous Somali coast. According to the BBC, "Many of the piracy attacks end with the payment of ransom."