Pirate washed ashore with ransom money

The body of a Somali pirate who drowned after receiving a reported $3m ransom for a hijacked ship has...

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The body of a Somali pirate who drowned after receiving a reported $3m ransom for a hijacked ship has washed ashore - along with his share of the cash.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>


Five of the pirates who had been holding the Sirius Star drowned when their small boat capsized as they headed for shore after releasing the Saudi-owned supertanker.

A resident in the coastal town of Harardhere said one body had been found on a beach and relatives were searching for the other four.

"One of them was discovered and they are still looking for the other ones," said Omar Abdi Hassan. "He had $153,000 in a plastic bag in his pocket."

The <?xml:namespace prefix="U1"?><country-region u2:st="on"><place u2:st="on"><?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><country-region w:st="on">US</country-region></country-region> navy has released photos of a parachute dropping a package - believed to be the ransom - on to the deck of the Sirius Star.