German-American journalist Michael Scott Moore has been freed two-and-a-half years after he was kidnapped in Somalia. German officials received Moore, who worked for SPIEGEL International years before his abduction, on Tuesday afternoon local time.
Germany's Foreign Ministry confirmed "that a German citizen, who also possesses American citizenship and who was kidnapped in Somalia, was freed today." Moore, 45, is said to be in good condition considering the circumstances, security officials said. They said that he was overjoyed to be free.
On Tuesday, Moore arrived in the Somali capital in a small airplane and was taken to a safe place for a medical and psychological examination.
Moore was abducted in January 2012 in the Somali city of Galkayo, where he was doing research for a book on piracy. In the ensuing years of his captivity, his kidnappers released periodic photos of Moore.
The Foreign Ministry's crisis team together with American officials worked intensively to secure Moore's release during the length of his captivity. Several different negotiators were involved over the two-and-a-half year period.
Following Moore's release, SPIEGEL Editor-in-Chief Wolfgang Büchner thanked all those involved in working on behalf of the journalist during his captivity. "We never gave up hope and are now rejoicing with Michael and his family that this nightmare has finally come to an end," Büchner said in Hamburg.
"We're grateful to all the people who have worked so long to bring
about Michael's release -- and thrilled that he and his family can be
reunited at last," said Jon Sawyer, executive director of the Pulitzer
Center on Crisis Reporting. Moore was reporting on a Pulitzer Center
grant at the time of his abduction.