Published On: Sun, Oct 30th, 2016

Somali forces free Kenyan hostage from pirates

Galmudug state in central Somalia said Sunday its intelligence officers have successfully freed a Kenyan woman held a hostage by pirates in south of Mudug province, an officials said.

A senior Intelligence officer, speaking on condition of anonymity said the rescue operation took place at Amara, where the Kenyan woman has been held captive for 18 months by the pirates.

He said the freed woman is currently in the hands of authorities in Galmudug state, and she will be sent back to her home country soon.

Last week, Somali pirates have released 26 Asian sailors, who have been held captive in a small village in  central Somalia since 2012, barely five years ago after a ransom was paid.

In the past three years, piracy off Somalia’s coast has subsided due to shipping firms hiring private security guards and the presence of international warships.

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