2 South Africans freed from Somali pirates

Last Updated: Thu, Jun 21, 2012 09:00 hrs

Somalia's defense minister says that two South Africans who were taken by Somali pirates in late 2010 have been freed.

Defense Minister Hussein Arab Isse told a news conference in Mogadishu Thursday that Deborah Calitz and Bruno Pelizzari have been released. The two were at the presidential palace in Somalia's capital.

The two were captured in late 2010 from a yacht off the coast of Tanzania. The pirates originally demanded a ransom of $10 million.

The South Africans' 20-month captivity is among the longest periods hostages have been held by pirates in Somalia.

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