Somali pirates issue a two-week deadline kidnapped mariners
(Sh.M.Network)--Somali pirates have issued a two-week deadline to buy release of the seven Bangladeshi mariners kidnapped about two years back.
They asked families of the mariners to give their final words on the $ 0.7 million ransom or else, they will begin killing them once the deadline ends.
The mariners have been held hostage since they were kidnapped from a Malaysian ship, where they were on duty, in 2010.
One of the kidnapped mariners, Aminul Islam's father Nurul Islam disclosed the information at a presser at Chittagong Press Club in the afternoon of Sunday.
According to him, the pirates called him up early Thursday morning to tell him about their decision.
Islam said the pirates already killed a hostage of Indian nationality for failing to pay the ransom.
Relatives of the kidnapped organised the presser to request the government for taking measures to get back their loved ones.
They appealed to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since 1981. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide...
for raising the ransom money. The Ministry of Shipping and its Secretary were informed about the situation.
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