U.S. special forces swooped into Somalia this morning to rescue an American woman and a Danish man after a shootout with pirates holding them hostage that left nine captors dead. Jessica Buchanan, 32, and Poul Hagen Thisted, 60, were freed and are unharmed at a safe location following their kidnap from Galkayo in the Galmudug region of Somalia last October. Nine Somali pirates were killed and five captured during a brutal gun battle after the mission at 2am on Wednesday to save the two hostages, who had been working for the Danish De-mining Group. The sensational mission was carried out by SEAL Team Six, who were already famous for killing former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden last May in Abbottabad, Pakistan, ten years after 9/11.
The two hostages had been working in northern Somalia for the DDG, whose experts have been clearing mines and unexploded ordnance in conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East. Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal said the poor health of one hostage had led the U.S. to take action and said the rescue operation did not necessarily pave the way for further copycat missions. People involved with the hostages said that Ms Buchanan had been suffering from a possible kidney infection. Both of them are now ‘on their way to be reunited with their families’
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