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By Associated Press

MOGADISHU, Somalia — U.S. military forces flew in helicopters under the cover of darkness on a raid into Somalia early Wednesday and freed an American and a Dane held hostage, Western officials said. Pirates reported a gun battle with several casualties.

The Danish Refugee Council confirmed that the two aid workers, American Jessica Buchanan and Dane Poul Hagan Thisted, were freed "during an operation in Somalia." Buchanan and Thisted had been working with a de-mining unit of the Danish Refugee Council when they were kidnapped in Somalia in October.

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