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The hijacking of the Comoros-flagged tanker Aris 13 was the first such seizure of a large commercial vessel off Somalia since 2012.

He says the release occurred after negotiations by local elders and local officials with the pirates, who seized the tanker on Monday.

Naval forces and the pirates clashed earlier on Thursday.

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The European Union anti-piracy operation in the region had said the pirates had been holding the crew captive and demanding a ransom.

Ahmed said the Puntland naval forces had been dispatched to the area not to free the ship by force but to cut off any supplies to the pirates.'Attacking the ship will not help, but instead it will endanger the lives of the crew,' he said.

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