American journalist kidnapped in Somalia freed after nearly 3 years

Michael Moore, a German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia in January of 2012, was released Tuesday, the German news organization Der Spiegel reported.

Moore, 45, who was in Somalia doing research for a book on piracy, was reportedly flown to the capital of Mogadishu and has been received by German officials.

According to Spiegel Online, Moore is said to be in good condition. German officials told the news organization that he was overjoyed to be free.

Moore was abducted by “15 men in two Land Cruisers south of Galyako in the Galmadug region” on Jan. 21, 2012, according to the Somali Report.

Moore, who is from Manhattan Beach, California, is the author of “Sweetness and Blood,” a book about how surfing spread from Hawaii and California to the rest of the world. He worked for Spiegel International years before his abduction.

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