Somali pirates release US-German hostage after 977-day kidnap ordeal

Michael Scott Moore was seized as he tried to leave Somalia after research trip in January 2012 into pirate gang that held British sailing couple Paul and Rachel Chandler

 

A German-American writer kidnapped by Somali pirates close to three years ago has been released after a ransom was paid, The Telegraph has learnt.
Michael Scott Moore was said to be in “satisfactory” health on Tuesday and would be seen by doctors in Djibouti, the small Red Sea state to Somalia’s north where he landed a free man.
He had been seized by 15 gunmen in January 2012 and was kept as a hostage for 977 days before being released in exchange for an unknown sum of money, several sources confirmed.
The German foreign ministry said: "A German citizen, who also possesses American citizenship and who was kidnapped in Somalia, was freed today.” It did not name Mr Moore directly.
Alan Cole, regional anti-piracy coordinator for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, confirmed it was Mr Moore who had been released.