January 25th, 2012
03:51 AM ET

U.S. forces free aid workers in nighttime raid in Somalia

By CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - U.S. forces in military helicopters freed two hostages, an American and a Dane, in a nighttime raid in Somalia that left at least seven gunmen dead, local authorities said.

Kidnappers seized American Jessica Buchanan and Poul Thisted in October after they visited humanitarian projects in the northern part of the country, according to the Danish Refugee Council they worked for.

Both are unharmed and at a safe location, the aid group said.

President Barack Obama said he authorized the raid , and thanked the Special Operations Forces for "the extraordinary courage and capabilities, " but did not provide details on the fatalities.


Filed under: Africa • Diplomacy • Foreign Aid • Military • Somalia
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  1. ranger 830

    Let this serve as another example of the long arm of U.S. Joint Special Operation Command!!! Another job well done buy highly trained quiet professionals! This buds for you ahhh!!!!! All pirates,islamists and or jihaddists take heed we never sleep and we are always watching!!!!!! Sleep tight LOL !!!!!!

    January 25, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  2. ChicagoRich

    It is great news that these aid workers have been freed. Hats off to the folks who went into harms way to make that happen.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:39 am | Reply

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