Denmark: Danish family seized by pirates freed

September 7, 2011 16:22


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COPENHAGEN - A Danish family of five and two crew members who were captured by Somali pirates while sailing off the Horn of Africa in February have been released and brought to safety, Danish officials said on Wednesday.

Armed sea-bandits captured the family - Jan Quist Johansen, his wife and three children - and two crew members when they hijacked the group's 43-foot sailboat, SY ING, about 600 miles east of Somalia.

"The seven Danes are well considering the circumstances," the Danish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "They are expected to be back in Denmark shortly."

A pirate, who identified himself as Hussein, told Reuters by telephone from the coastal village of Ras Bina in Somalia's Puntland region: "We received a $3 million ransom (on Tuesday) afternoon."

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