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Michael Scott Moore: Journalist Freed by Somali Pirates After 2 Years

By    |   Thursday, 25 September 2014 02:41 PM

Michael Scott Moore, a journalist held by pirates in Somalia for more than two and a half years, has been released.

The German-American Moore said he is safe, though "not healthy," and needs time to recover before he talks about the ordeal, The Associated Press reported.

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German magazine Der Spiegel, for which Moore had freelanced in the past, responded to requests for comment with a short statement Thursday from Moore in which he said that "the support from everyone has been terrific."

The statement said: "I'm not healthy but I am safe. It's an astonishing story but right now I have to recover my wits and spend time with family and friends. I hope journalists will respect that."

The 45-year-old Moore, a Redondo Beach, California, native who holds both German and U.S. citizenship, was flown to Nairobi after being freed Tuesday in Somalia.

Some of the pirates who held Moore reached a deal with negotiators after a $1.6 million ransom was paid, said Bile Hussein, a pirate commander in the Somali coastal town of Hobyo. Moore, who was held in several locations as his captors tried to avoid detection, was most recently held near the central Somali town of Adado, Hussein said, offering no more details.

Spiegel's editor-in-chief Wolfgang Buechner said the magazine was grateful for the efforts of everyone who had helped bring about Moore's release. "We never gave up hope and we're happy now with Michael and his mother Marlis that this nightmare is finally over."

Moore was kidnapped in January 2012 while researching a book on piracy on a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Although piracy once was a scourge off the coast of Somalia, it has dropped significantly as a result of armed guards aboard cargo ships and an international naval armada that carries out onshore raids.

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