Seven Bangladeshi sailors, who were released by Somali pirates after three and a half years of their abduction, returned home this morning.
On their arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam received them around 8:40am.
The Bangladeshi crew disappeared along with MV Albedo on November 26, 2010 when Somali pirates hijacked the Malaysian flagged vessel.
After long persuasion by the government as well as relevant international organisations, the Bangladeshis were released alive by their captors on June 6 this year.
Four of the sailors are Golam Mostafa, son of Sheikh Md Hossain; Habibur Rahman, son of Iman Ali Sardar; Nurul Haque, son of late Sobhan Sardar; and Abul Kashem, son of Abdur Rouf. All of them hail from Satkhira.
Aminul Islam, son of Abul Kalam; and Jakir Hossain Rajib, son of Nazrul Islam, are from Chittagong while Limon Sarkar, son of Abdul Wali Ullah, hails from Chandpur.