DHAKA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- One Bangladeshi, who was a sailor in a Panama registered ship-Royal Grace owned by a Dubai businessman, has been released from captivity of Somalian pirates, Bangladesh's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.
According to a statement of the ministry, "Md Alauddin Wednesday reached the port-Salalah of the Sultanate of Oman."
Alauddin was received by an official of Bangladesh Embassy in Muscat who went there to extend all necessary cooperation including food, clothing and emergency medicines to the released Bangladeshi national, it said.
It is learnt that Alauddin is safe and sound. He spoke with his family members in Chittagong, some 242 southeast of capital Dhaka, said the statement.
It said the Royal Grace and its 22 personnel were hijacked by the Somalian pirates on March 2 last year.
Among them 17 were Indian, three Nigerian, one Pakistani and this Bangladeshi national, it added.
According to the statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh maintained contacts with all parties and played important role in releasing the ship from the captivity with the help of London based International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Center.
A ministry spokesman was not immediately available to know whether any amount of ransom was given for release of the Bangladeshi national.