Released hostages return to Britain

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Two former hostages held in Somalia are enjoying their first full day of freedom today after returning from their year-long ordeal.

Former hostages held in Somalia Paul and Rachel Chandler are enjoying their first full day of freedom today after returning from their year-long ordeal.

The retired British couple, aged 60 and 57 respectively, landed back at London’s Heathrow Airport last night on a flight from Nairobi.

Their return brought to an end a 388-day ordeal.

In October 2009, their yacht was seized by armed Somali pirates as it sailed from the Seychelles towards Tanzania.

The Chandlers were released on Sunday and handed over to local officials in the Somali town of Adado after a fee of up to $1m was reportedly paid to their kidnappers.

They were then flown to the capital, Mogadishu, and on to Nairobi in Kenya.

Source: RTE news

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