A British couple kidnapped by pirates has been released after more than a year in captivity, Somali leaders said Sunday.
Paul and Rachel Chandler were seized from their yacht in October last year, just after they set sail from the Seychelles Islands for Tanzania.
A ransom of about $750,000 was paid for their release, local elders said. They did not want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.
It was unclear who paid the ransom, but a local elder told CNN that the Somali diaspora in England played a key role in raising the funds.
“They are physically and mentally doing well, and excited to be alive,” said Mohamed Aden, a local elder in Adado. “Paul and Rachel Chandler are safe and doing fine.They have had a good shower and they are eating breakfast.”
Aden was one of the key elders involved in helping secure their release.
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