updated 8/11/2009 10:45:53 AM ET 2009-08-11T14:45:53

Four European aid workers and two Kenyan pilots were released Tuesday after nine months held hostage in Somalia.

French aid group Action Against Hunger said the six were "apparently all in good health" and will undergo medical examinations.

Group spokeswoman Lucile Grosjean declined to give any details of the release or say what country the six are currently in, citing security reasons.

Sarkozy expresses 'great relief'
French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed "great relief" at their release and congratulated all those who helped in the effort to free them, according to a statement from his office. The president's office provided no information about how the six emerged from captivity.

Action Against Hunger said gunmen ambushed a convoy and seized the two French workers, a Belgian and a Bulgarian and their Kenyan pilots in November in the city of Dhusamareb, about 360 miles north of the capital Mogadishu. They were en route to Kenya.

The aid group has 14 foreign staffers and 220 local employees in Somalia working on projects to promote health and access to clean water, according to its Web site.

Foreigners, journalists and aid workers are frequently abducted for ransom in Somalia. The country has not had an effective central government since 1991, and has been left in the grip of violence and anarchy.

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