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    Navy warship heads to Somalia to free sailors

    New Delhi: Hopes rise for the families of seven Indian sailors, held hostage by pirates for the past one year.

    The Indian Navy has sent a naval warship to the Gulf of Aden near the Somali coast to secure their release and protect the hijacked vessel the MV Asphalt Venture from further attacks.

    The decision to send the Navy was taken after the Somali pirates went back on their deal to free the hostages after the ransom was paid.

    The step was taken even as delegates from the UN, Somalia and several west nations met in Dubai to discuss anti-piracy measures.

    Calling for immediate global attention like the war in Libya or Afghanistan, political and industry, the leaders say they would do all possible to help in investigations.

    The UNSC last week asked all countries to share any info they have on piracy.

    A representative of the Somali government assured that his country will do all possible to tackle the issue, but also said that world powers needed to respond to the crisis like other issues.

    "The world responds to other tragedies and to other crises immediately, directly, forcefully, as is currently evidenced in Libya and in Ivory Coast, to say nothing of Iraq and Afghanistan," said Mohammed Abdulahi Omar Asharq, Foreign Minister in Somalia's transitional government.