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Russian warship wins shootout with Somali pirates, rescues sailors

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(Read caption) In this April 6, 2003 file picture Russian anti-submarine ship Marshal Shaposhnikov of the Pacific Fleet, is ready to leave Vladivostok harbour in the Russian Far East, to head to the Indian Ocean. The Russian Defense Ministry says, the Russian anti-submarine destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov has freed the Moscow University, a Russian oil tanker that had been seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia on Thursday.

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The crew of a Russian warship engaged in a firefight with Somali pirates during a dawn raid on Thursday, and successfully released 23 seamen who had been taken hostage aboard an oil tanker a day earlier.

The vessel was hijacked Wednesday morning in the Gulf of Aden while it was en route from Sudan to China carrying 86,000 tons of crude oil worth $52 million.

The raid against the Liberian-flagged tanker, the Moscow University, occurred after the crew locked themselves in the ship's rudder compartment, according to The New York Times.

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