Jessica Buchanan and Poul Tisted (images courtesy of Danish Refugee Council)
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Somalia: Western hostages freed in US military raid

Two foreign aid workers kidnapped in Somalia three months ago have been freed in a rare US military raid.

US officials have confirmed that elite US Navy Seals were dropped into Somalia to carry out the overnight operation which resulted in a shoot-out.

The two hostages were freed uninjured, although nine of their captors are said to have been killed. No casualties have been reported among US forces.

The hostages - a US woman and a Danish man - were seized on 25 October.

The BBC's Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports.

  • 25 Jan 2012