Indian Navy formally accepts release of hijacked Dhow 'Al-Kausar'

The Indian Navy formally accepted Dhow 'Al-Kausar' on Thursday after it was released along with its cargo and two crew members on April 11. The vessel was handed over after an all inter-government agency maintained a close watch and effectively coordinated during negotiations in between the dhow owner and hijackers. Indian-registered dhow was hijacked off the island of Socotra, an island in Arabian Sea, on April 1. The vessel was later taken to the port of Hobyo on the eastern coast of Somalia and the 10 crew members were taken in captive by the pirates.