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David Cameron welcomes release of Paul and Rachel Chandler

Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the release of kidnapping victims Paul and Rachel Chandler.

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The Chandlers, from Kent, left Somalia today after more than a year in captivity. They were taken hostage in October last year when their yacht was stormed by armed men.

The PM said:

Paul and Rachel Chandler’s release is tremendous news. Their long captivity is over at last. We will ensure that they are reunited with their family as quickly as possible. I unreservedly condemn the actions of those that held the Chandlers for so long. Kidnapping is never justified.

I am grateful to all those who have worked so hard to bring the Chandlers safely out.

Published 14 November 2010