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Guardian - The Somali pirate gang who have been holding a British couple hostage since October fled with their captives yesterday after militants linked to al-Qaida took over their territory.Not good news for the300-plus foreign hostages the pirates are holding.
Paul and Rachel Chandler, who are both in their 50s, were bundled into a car yesterday when al-Shabaab insurgents moved into the pirate stronghold of Harardhere in the coastal region of north Somalia.[...]
Al-Shabaab militants are chasing us," Yare told The Associated Press.
The Chandlers were kidnapped in October while on a yachting holiday. The pirates seized their 38ft yacht in the Indian Ocean as they sailed toward Tanzania.
Yare claimed that al-Shabaab has offered to pay £1.2m for the Chandlers but that his group is demanding £1.6m.
He said that pirates would abandon the Chandlers if the militants close in on them "because our lives are more important to us than holding on to them".
Cross posted at Jawa Report