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5 Somali pirates drown with ransom share

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Five of the Somali pirates who hijacked a Saudi supertanker have reportedly drowned with their share of a $3 million ransom.

A relative and another pirate say the group's boat capsized in rough seas as the pirates raced away from patrolling warships off the coast of Somalia.

The accident came after the pirates had released The Sirius Star and its 25-member crew at the end of a two-month standoff in the Gulf of Aden. First, a bundle of cash had apparently been dropped by parachute onto the deck of the ship.

Piracy is one of the few ways to make money in Somalia. A recent report by London's Chatham House says pirates raked in more than $30 million in ransoms last year.                          

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