Somali Pirates Free Danish Family

Three children were among those held hostage
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2011 8:11 AM CDT
Somali pirate skiffs are shown off the Somali coast on Friday March 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/EU NAVFOR)

(Newser) – The Danish family held hostage by Somali pirates since February has been released and is safe. Jan Quist Johansen, his wife, their three children between the ages of 12 and 16, and two adult crew members are in “relatively good condition,” according to Denmark’s foreign ministry and the BBC, and will return home soon. Soldiers from the Puntland State of Somalia were killed in March in a failed rescue attempt, and a $3 million ransom was ultimately paid for the family’s release.

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