Pirate kingpin surrenders

Somali Mohamed Osman Mohamud gives himself up to authorities, along with hundreds of his men.

A powerful Somali pirate has surrendered to authorities, together with hundreds of his men.

The DPA news agency cited officials as saying Mohamed Osman Mohamud, alias Mohamed Garfanje, gave himself up in Adado.

He was notorious for seizing vessels for ransom.

A Somalian regional security minister, Nor Ibrahim Osman, told DPA the move was a "historic event."

Mohamud reportedly said he wanted to "give up my previous business to help rebuild my region peacefully."

"We have received up to 300 armed militiamen and battle wagons from Garfanje," the minister said.

"We are ready to rehabilitate these militias so they can be integrated" into a militia serving as a regional army, he added.

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