Danish Hostages: Rescue Attempt Fails, Residents Protest

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Mar 102011
 

These pirates were captured at sea, land-based operations may be more difficult

Attempts to rescue five Danish hostages held in the Beyla district of Puntland have failed, with the deaths of at least seven Puntland soldiers, according to reports from Somalia. Earlier in the week local residents were threatened by the pirates as they mounted a protest and demanded that the hostages be released.

Four adults and three children, all Danish, are held by pirates in the Beyla district after their yacht was seized on 24 February. The pirates have threatened to kill them if rescue attempts are made.