Hostages kept captive for nine days by Somali pirates in the capital city, Mogadishu, have been freed.
News filtered through to English police that a hither to unknown person wearing a red cape and underpants on the outside of his uniform has managed to locate the British residents of Greenodd, numbering 1500 in all, and forced the door of the building in which they were kept. Moments later the hostages were bolting outside, screaming with relief at the miracle rescue that occurred.
"This guy just burst in and used this weird thing with his eyes to overpower the pirates. He had this big red "S" on his chest. You don't think it could've been.....No!" exclaimed one of the hostages.
Authorities both in London and Mogadishu were shocked to say the least at the the news.
"We had no inkling of this sort of thing happening, though we did initially ask for anybody with super human powers to intervene" said PC Grunter of London Metro Police.
Rumours abound as to who actually performed this heroic deed but one of the hostages, who would only go by the name of Bunkie, has no doubts. "It was f...ing Superman. We were just starting to settle down in this new spot and wham! Superman comes and spoils it all".
Superintendent Harry "snapper" Organs of Q Division believes that the rescue was unnecessary and that Police were in fact about to launch a rescue attempt of their own.
"It was while we had a couple of card games that we came up with the ultimate plan" he claimed. "We would send in the Grenadier Guards to finish 'em off...the pirates that is."
All in all, the Greenodd residents are free and ready to resume their dreary lives.