SA hostages freed in Somalia raid

2012-06-21 13:32
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

SA hostages freed

A South African couple taken hostage by Somali pirates have been freed. See all the pictures just hours after they were released by their captors.

Mogadishu - Somali security forces have rescued a South African couple kidnapped by pirates in the Indian Ocean and held for 18 months, Defence Minister Hussein Arab Isse said on Thursday.

"The rescue started last night (Wednesday) and lasted until this morning and you can see that the pair were freed safely," Isse told reporters during a joint press conference with the couple, Debbie Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari.

Isse said the raid was a joint operation by security forces and the army. Sources said the operation took place in the lower Shabelle region of southern Somalia.

Isse added that more such raids may be staged.

"We know the whereabouts of the rest of the hostages, including the French agent, and if the kidnappers fail to free them, we will forcefully rescue them," he said, referring to a French intelligence agent seized in Mogadishu in July 2009 and detained since.

Calitz and Pelizzari were sailing in the Indian Ocean when their yacht was hijacked by pirates who then set course for Somalia.

Read more on:    bruno pelizzari  |  debbie calitz  |  somalia  |  east africa  |  somali pirates  |  pirates
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are on form and you may like an audience to share your ideas and concepts with. Drama and creativity flavour your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.