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Rescued US aid worker says she’s thankful

GOODE, Va. (AP) – An American aid worker rescued by Navy SEALs in Somalia last month says she’s thankful for the support she’s received.

Thirty-two-year-old Jessica Buchanan was rescued last month along with a 60-year-old Danish man. The two were working with a demining unit when gunmen kidnapped them in October.

In a statement issued from her hometown of Goode, Va., Buchanan says she’s overwhelmed and grateful for the encouragement she and her family have received from around the world.

The U.S. government said the raid was prompted by Buchanan’s deteriorating health. In the statement, Buchanan asked for privacy as she focuses on everyday life and healing.

She thanked President Barack Obama and those who planned and orchestrated her rescue.

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