Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Seals do us proud again! U.S. helicopter raid frees two aid workers from Somali pirates

From latimesblogs

REPORTING FROM JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- U.S. military forces carried out a dramatic helicopter rescue overnight in Somalia, freeing two Western aid workers taken hostage by pirates.

Jessica Buchanan, a 32-year-old American, and Poul Hagen Thisted, a 60-year-old Dane, both from the Danish Demining Group had been kidnapped in October in the central Somali town of Galkayo, which until then had been considered relatively safe for Westerners.

Early Wednesday, the Danish Refugee Council, of which the demining group is a part, confirmed the successful rescue of the two aid workers.

The overnight raid was carried out by U.S. military helicopters and Navy SEALs operating out of an American base in the tiny East African nation of Djibouti. After the mission, they returned to the Djibouti base with the two, officials said.

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