x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

South Korea rescues hijacked ship, leaving 8 pirates dead

The navy commados stormed the Samho Jewelry vessel at sea, freeing all the hostages on board.

SEOUL // South Korean navy commandos Friday stormed a ship hijacked by Somali pirates, rescuing all the crew and killing eight pirates, military officials said.

"Our special forces stormed the hijacked Samho Jewelry earlier today and freed all hostages," said Colonel Lee Bung-Woo, a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"During the operation, our forces killed some Somali pirates and all of the hostages were confirmed alive," Lee told reporters. Another JSC spokesman said eight pirates were killed.

The rescue took place about 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) off northeast Somalia, Lee said.

The South Korean skipper of the chemical freighter suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach during the raid but his condition is not life-threatening, Lee said.