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Somalia pirates free UK hostage

A British woman kidnapped from a resort island on the Kenyan coast has been released, a Somali pirate and a militia official have said.

Judith Tebbutt was kidnapped by Somali gunmen from a beach resort north of the coastal city of Lamu last September.

The gunmen killed her husband, David Tebbutt, during the attack.

Somali pirate Bile Hussein and Mohammed Hussein, an official with the militia Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama, said Mrs Tebbutt was released by pirate captors on Wednesday and is expected to be flown to Nairobi.

The pirates attacked the Tebbutts during a string of assaults and kidnappings in coastal Kenya.

Kenyan troops moved into Somalia soon after the spate of attacks.

Gunmen entered the Tebbutts' hotel chalet easily on the night of September 10 - their door was only a piece of colourful cloth. Police believed that Mr Tebbutt resisted and was shot. The Kiwayu Safari Village resort is 30 miles north of Lamu and consists of 18 luxury cottages spread along a private beach.

In October gunmen kidnapped a disabled French woman who lived part-time in Lamu. She died in captivity.

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