(Image Source: The Sun)

BY ERIN DISMEIER

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO


As rescue operations improve, are pirates keeping up?  56-year-old Brit Judith Tebbutt (Teh-but) was freed Wednesday in Somalia after being held in captivity for more than six months by pirates.

But, as The Telegraph explains, Tebbutt’s friends and family are reported to have paid a ransom of $1.2 million to secure her release. It was airdropped into central Somalia.


“I’m very relieved to have been released.  Seven months is a long time.”

Tebbutt was taken while on holiday. Although she is thrilled to be released, ITV News says Tebbutt’s return is bittersweet because her husband was killed in the raid.  

“It brings to an end the loneliness Judith Tebbutt described in captivity, but she must still face returning to her family home without her husband.”

CNN reported that local authorities were also involved in negotiations with Tebbutt’s kidnappers They quoted a Somali official saying...

“The Somali government will assist in any way it can in the capture and the arrest of the kidnappers who murdered her husband and kept her hostage since September 2011."

British authorities were reported to have been less involved in Tebbutt’s release.  According to a spokesman for the Prime Minister...

“it did not pay ransoms and did not ‘facilitate concessions to hostage takers’, but had met the family regularly to discuss the case.”

However as governments have become more accustomed to hostage situations, The Daily Beast says pirates have stepped up their game as well.

“Various groups of pirates have begun to ‘reinforce pirate security’ by shuttling their hostages to different areas to avoid detection.”
 

British Woman Freed After More Than Six Months in Captivity

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Mar 22, 2012

British Woman Freed After More Than Six Months in Captivity

(Image Source: The Sun)

BY ERIN DISMEIER

ANCHOR ANA COMPAIN-ROMERO


As rescue operations improve, are pirates keeping up?  56-year-old Brit Judith Tebbutt (Teh-but) was freed Wednesday in Somalia after being held in captivity for more than six months by pirates.

But, as The Telegraph explains, Tebbutt’s friends and family are reported to have paid a ransom of $1.2 million to secure her release. It was airdropped into central Somalia.


“I’m very relieved to have been released.  Seven months is a long time.”

Tebbutt was taken while on holiday. Although she is thrilled to be released, ITV News says Tebbutt’s return is bittersweet because her husband was killed in the raid.  

“It brings to an end the loneliness Judith Tebbutt described in captivity, but she must still face returning to her family home without her husband.”

CNN reported that local authorities were also involved in negotiations with Tebbutt’s kidnappers They quoted a Somali official saying...

“The Somali government will assist in any way it can in the capture and the arrest of the kidnappers who murdered her husband and kept her hostage since September 2011."

British authorities were reported to have been less involved in Tebbutt’s release.  According to a spokesman for the Prime Minister...

“it did not pay ransoms and did not ‘facilitate concessions to hostage takers’, but had met the family regularly to discuss the case.”

However as governments have become more accustomed to hostage situations, The Daily Beast says pirates have stepped up their game as well.

“Various groups of pirates have begun to ‘reinforce pirate security’ by shuttling their hostages to different areas to avoid detection.”
 

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