Troops res­cue hostages on ship

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

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.

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