When 32-year-old Jessica Buchanan was
kidnapped by her Somalian guides in October of 2011, not many
believed she or her partner Hagen Thisted, 60, would ever be
seen alive again.
But U.S. military forces sent helicopters
into Somalia in a nighttime raid Tuesday and freed them both.
The raid was executed by a joint team
overseen by an Africa Command involving Special Operations
forces, including Navy SEAL Team Six, the same unit, though not
the exact same individuals, that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama
bin Laden in May.
The captors were heavily armed and had
explosives on them, Little said. There were no known survivors
among the kidnappers. No Americans were injured during the raid.