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MOGADISHU, SOMALIA— The same U.S. Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden parachuted into Somalia under cover of darkness early Wednesday and crept up to an outdoor camp where an American woman and Danish man were being held hostage.
Soon, nine kidnappers were dead and both hostages were freed.
President Obama authorized the mission by SEAL Team 6 two days earlier, and minutes after he gave his State of the Union address to Congress, he was on the phone with the American’s father to tell him his daughter was safe.
The raiders came in quickly, catching the guards as they were sleeping after having chewed a narcotic leaf for much of the evening, a pirate who gave his name as Bile Hussein told the Associated Press by phone.
Mr. Hussein said he was not present at the site but had spoken with other pirates who were, and that they told him nine pirates were killed in the raid and three were “taken away.”
A U.S. official confirmed media reports that the SEALs parachuted into the area before moving on foot to the target. The raid happened near the Somali town of Adado.
New intelligence emerged last week that Ms. Buchanan’s health was “deteriorating rapidly,” so Mr. Obama directed his security team to develop a rescue plan, according to a senior administration official who was not authorized to speak publicly.
“As commander in chief, I could not be prouder of the troops who carried out this mission, and the dedicated professionals who supported their efforts,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House.
A Western official said the rescuers and the freed hostages flew by helicopter to a U.S. military base in Djibouti. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the information had not been released publicly.
The Danish Refugee Council had been trying to work with Somali elders to win the hostages’ freedom but had found little success. It said both freed hostages are unharmed “and at a safe location.”
The head of the Danish Refugee Council, Andreas Kamm, said he would have preferred to see the two hostages freed peacefully after working with Somali groups to win the pair’s freedom, “but we’re happy with the outcome. This is a day of joy indeed.”
As large ships at sea have increased their defenses against pirate attacks, gangs have looked for other money-making opportunities, including land-based kidnappings.
The Danish Refugee Council earlier had enlisted traditional Somali elders and members of civil society to seek the release of the two hostages.
“We are really happy with the successful release of the innocents kidnapped by evildoers,” Mohamud Sahal, an elder in the town of Galkayo, said by phone. “They were guests who were treated brutally.”
“There have been tears on and around the campus today,” Mr. Beyer said. “She was well-loved by all her students.”
Ms. Buchanan graduated in 2006 from Valley Forge Christian College, a small suburban Philadelphia school. The school’s president, the Rev. Don Meyer, said Ms. Buchanan taught at Rosslyn as part of her studies and “fell in love with Africa.”
“Ever since Jessica was captured, we all as a community have been praying for her safety and for her safe release,” Mr. Meyer said. “We are also grateful that our prayers have been answered.”
Their Somali colleague was detained by police on suspicion of being involved in their kidnapping.
The two hostages were working in northern Somalia for the Danish De-mining Group, whose experts have been clearing mines and unexploded ordnance in conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East.
Several hostages are still being held in Somalia, including a British tourist, two Spanish doctors seized from neighboring Kenya, and an American journalist kidnapped Saturday.
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