Troops rescue hostages on ship
In a siege that lasted nearly two weeks, forces of Somalia’s semiautonomous Puntland region raided a hijacked ship Sunday and safely rescued 22 hostages who had been held captive for nearly three years, authorities said. “After two years and nine months in captivity, the hostages have suffered signs of physical torture and illness. The hostages are now receiving nutrition and medical care,” a government statement said. A pirate commander who was in touch with the ship’s hijackers said eight pirates on board the vessel were able to escape as soldiers closed in.