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Oil tanker was hijacked by Libyan gunmen, captain says

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 - 01:19

March 27 - Now held in a Libyan jail, the captain of an oil tanker -- said to have been seized by a group of armed fighters -- says he and his crew had no choice but to comply with the ship's captors. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Lunch of rice and meat in a Libyan jail. That's where the captain and crew of an oil tanker seized by a group of armed fighters just off a rebel-held port on Libya's coast, are now spending their days. They say they were forced to load oil onto the tanker, called the Morning Glory, which escaped the Libyan navy. The captain maintains they acted at gunpoint. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MORNING GLORY CAPTAIN MIRZA NOMAN BAIG SAYING: "It was not the fault of the ship crew, because when the ship crew - they were under the hostage conditions. They have no other option but to just follow instructions." The tanker was then stopped by the U.S. navy off Cyprus, and returned to Tripoli. Authorities plan to send the ship's crew home after they've fully investigated the matter. Something the crew is looking forward to: (SOUNDBITE) (English) MORNING GLORY CAPTAIN MIRZA NOMAN BAIG SAYING: "All my crew they have all the necessary items which they are going to use for everyday, and we receive food three times a day food. As far as we are here, we don't have any problem, but we are just waiting to go home because we are passing from this very tough time from the day it started." The return of the tanker was a rare victory for Tripoli, which is struggling to end a port blockade by rebels.

Oil tanker was hijacked by Libyan gunmen, captain says

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 - 01:19

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