Somali pirates have released an Iranian ship, Dianat, two months after being hijacked in the notorious Gulf of Aden, Iran's shipping company says.
On August 21, the pirates seized the Iranian bulk carrier, carrying 42,500 tons of minerals and industrial products.
"The ship Dianat was released on Friday morning after seven weeks of negotiations with Somali pirates and all 29 members of the crew are safe," Said public relations office of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL).
The ship is sailing towards international waters, IRISL added.
The release poses additional questions. Did the US ever get to board the vessel? Did the ransom(s) get paid? Were any of the rumors true? How did the Iranians manage to free the vessel- diplomatically?
Update: Iran reportedly paid the ransom for release of the ship. The pirates on Friday freed 29 seamen and their cargo ship, MV Iran Dianat.