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Navy SEALs Rescue Two Hostages From Pirates in Somalia

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Early Wednesday morning, SEAL Team Six parachuted into Somalia and rescued two hostages from a group of pirates. That’s the same team that took out Bin Laden, but they didn’t say whether the same guys were involved in both raids.

The SEALS made it on foot into the pirates’ camp, took out nine pirates, and rescued the hostages, a 32-year-old woman from Pennsylvania named Jessica Buchanan, and a 60-year-old Danish man named Poul Hagen Thisted.

Jessica and Poul were kidnapped back in October when they were working with a Danish humanitarian group to remove landmines from a field in northern Somalia.

President Obama authorized the SEAL raid on Monday.  He got word that the mission was successful just before the State of the Union address, and right after, he called Jessica’s father to let her know she was safe.

Here are photos of the two hostages:

Poul Hagen-hostage
Poul Hagen Thisted - 60
Jessica Buchanan-hostage
Jessica Buchanan - 32

[Miami Herald]

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