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Somali pirates release British hostage
Somali troops 'free' 22 hostages held by pirates Map of Puntland Somalia

year 2012 Top ^

  22 hostages seized by pirates nearly 3 years ago have been freed, the authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland say
  Somali pirates freed Judith Tebbutt, nearly 7 months after she was taken captive in a raid at a Kenyan beach resort in which her husband was killed

  U.S. special forces swooped into Somalia in a pair of helicopters in a daring overnight raid to rescue two kidnapped aid workers an American and a Dane

year 2010 Top ^

Oct.19 UK aid worker released in Somalia
  Zimbabwean-born Frans Barnard, a security consultant kidnapped six days ago by gunmen in Somalia, has been released

year 2009 Top ^

Nov.25   Two journalists released
  Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian journalist, and Nigel Brenan, an Australian photojournalist, were released after having been held since August 2008 Oct.3 Aid workers released  Three foreign aid workers kidnapped in Kenya by Somali gunmen 3 months ago have been freed Jan.10 Saudi tanker crew 'safe and well'
  The crew of the supertanker Sirius Star will soon be on their way home after Somali pirates freed the hijacked vessel, the ship's owners say
Jan.4 Two kidnapped journalists reported freed  British journalist Colin Freeman and Spanish photojournalist Jose Cendon,, both working for London's Daily Telegraph, were kidnapped in November

year 2008 Top ^

Jun.28 Kidnapped aid workers freed
  Swedish and a Danish national taken hostage by Islamist militants were released within hours Apr.11   Sarkozy: Pirates have released hostages  Paris: Pirates have released the 30-member crew of a luxury yacht that was hijacked a week ago off the coast of Somalia

year 2007 Top ^

Dec.24 French journalist freed  Cameraman Gwen Le Gouil, kidnapped eight days ago by tribal clan, was producing a television documentary about human trafficking Oct.23 U.N. food chief released
  Idris Osman was released. Government troops arrested Osman a week ago during a raid

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