03/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Somali Pirates Score Biggest Ransom Ever

Somali pirates holding a ship laden with Russian tanks were believed to be preparing to release the vessel last night after being paid up to $3.5 million (£2.3 million), the biggest ransom on record. The MV Faina was hijacked more than four months ago.

US warships and helicopters have kept a close watch amid fears that her 33 T72 tanks and arsenal of weaponry could fall into the hands of Islamists who are waging a bloody insurgency on land.

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