Freed Hostages Jessica Buchanan & Poul Thisted Arrive in Italy

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The two kidnapped aid workers rescued in a daring operation in Somalia have arrived at a U.S. military base in Italy, according to CNN. The two were rescued yesterday after their nine kidnappers were killed by U.S. special operations forces.

Public affairs officer Lt. Tim Page said American Jessica Buchanan and Poul Thisted from Denmark are now at Naval Air Station Sigonella.

Buchanan, 32, and Thisted, 60, were kidnapped on Oct. 25 in Galkayo, Somalia, when they were visiting humanitarian programs. They both work for the Danish Refugee Council. Buchanan and Thisted appear to be unharmed, according to the council.

President Barack Obama called Jessica Buchanan's father, John, to tell him Jessica was free. The call reportedly left Buchanan  "flabbergasted," according to CNN.

He recalled the conversation: 'John, this is Barack Obama. I'm calling because I have great news for you. Your daughter has been rescued by our military,'" Buchanan told reporters.

In a statement, President Obama said: "The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to bring their captors to justice."

Some members of the same Navy SEAL unit that murdered Osama bin Laden last year at his compound in Pakistan were involved in this raid, according to Reuters.

The assault team consisted of other U.S. military services as well. 

The rescue of the aid workers "is a great joy to the Somali government and to all Somalis as well as to all right thinking people everywhere," according to a statement released by Somalia's transitional government.


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