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Gunmen free Pakistani kidnapped in Somalia

Somali gunmen freed a Pakistani man a day after kidnapping him in the semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland, officials said.

world Updated: Feb 23, 2009 21:58 IST

Somali gunmen freed a Pakistani man on Monday a day after kidnapping him in the semi-autonomous northern region of Puntland, officials said.

Abdullahi Said Samatar, Puntland's security minister, told Reuters no ransom had been paid and that the man was released after local elders made contact with the gunmen.

"He is now in the hands of local elders in Galgala, 30 km (20 miles) south of Bosasso," Samatar said.