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Somali hostage couple moved

Somali pirates have moved a British couple they are holding hostage after Islamist insurgents neared their hideout.

Paul and Rachel Chandler were bundled into a car and taken into a forest soon after al-Shabab fighters approached the pirate lair of Haradhere, a town on the Somali coast.

Ahmed Salad, a local businessman, said an advance team of militants entered Haradhere in two vehicles late on Sunday.

Somali pirates and insurgents are two separate groups.

If al-Shabab, which is linked to al Qaida, takes control of pirate strongholds, the pirates' 300-plus foreign hostages could be in greater danger. The Chandlers, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, were seized from their yacht Lynn Rival in the Indian Ocean on October 23.

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