Samho Jewelry: Somalia accepts frozen bodies

Somalia agreed to take over the remains of the eight pirates killed by ROKN seals and South Korea agreed to pay for transporting them. Seoul is considering various transportation means, including chartering a cargo plane. It is expected to take at least a week to complete the process.

The bodies were being kept in a refrigerator aboard the 11,500-ton Samho Jewelry after the Jan. 21 rescue operation to free the cargo ship and its 21 crew members. Five other pirates were captured and all of the crew were rescued alive, though the captain was seriously wounded.

The chemical carrier has since moved to the Omani port of Muscat and is stationed there. On February 9, the bodies were removed from the ship and taken to a police hospital mortuary in Oman. The freighter planned to leave the port later February 10.

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