|World news: Somali pirates say $1.6M ransom paid for journalist|
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Pirate: Ransom paid for journalist
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Negotiators paid a $1.6 million ransom for the release of a German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia and held for two years and eight months, a commander of pirates who held him said Wednesday. A German spokeswoman would not confirm that money was paid for the freedom of Michael Scott Moore and U.S. policy prohibits paying ransoms.
Moore is “doing well” and receiving medical care, Germany’s Foreign Ministry said.
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