A Danish family of five and two crewmembers captured by Somali pirates in February have been freed and brought to safety, Denmark’s government says. A ransom of $3 million was paid for their release, reports BBC East Africa correspondent Will Ross.
Jan Quist Johansen, his wife, their three children and two other adults were taken hostage on Feb. 24. The foreign ministry said they were in relatively good condition and expected back in Denmark shortly. In March, soldiers from the semi-autonomous Puntland region were killed during a failed attempt to rescue them.