Somali militants free 25 kidnapped sailors

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Twenty-five sailors who were taken hostage in April off Somalia’s lawless coast were released Sunday after more than $800,000 in ransom was paid, a Somali militia commander said.

The sailors were headed to the Seychelles islands off the coast of Africa, the commander, Abdi Mohamed, told The Associated Press. He did not say who paid the ransom.