MOSCOW - A Russian warship on Thursday freed a Russian-owned oil tanker that had been hijacked off the coast of Yemen, tanker owner Novorossiysk Shipping Company told Reuters.
"All crew on board the tanker are alive and well," a spokeswoman for the shipping company said by telephone.
State-run RIA news agency, citing an unnamed regional navy official, reported that Somali pirates were captured and no Russians were hurt during the rescue mission. The Russian navy could not immediately be contacted.
Somali pirates hijacked the China-bound, Russian-owned MV Moscow University tanker 350 miles (565 km) off the coast of Yemen on Wednesday morning, seizing $52 million worth of crude oil and 23 crew members.