Somali Pirates Demand $7M Ransom for UK Couple

Paul and Rachel Chandler went missing a week ago
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 5:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – The British couple abducted from their yacht at gunpoint are being held for $7 million ransom, a rep for the Somali pirates who kidnapped them said today. Paul and Rachel Chandler went missing a week ago in the Indian Ocean. "NATO operations had a lot of negative impact here," the unidentified man said in a call to the BBC. "When you consider the damage and all the people affected we say the amount is not big."

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"If they do not harm us, we will not harm them," the caller said of the Chandlers, who are believed to be in good condition in Somalia.
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