A relative says six hostages freed in Somalia — two Kenyan pilots and four European aid workers — have arrived in Kenya.

Joseph Gitau, a cousin of pilot Duncan Kamore, says he is delighted that they all have been released after an eight-month captivity.

Somalia's National Security Minister Abdullahi Mohamed Ali says the six were released Tuesday thanks to diplomacy by government officials, religious leaders and businessmen.

The six work for French aid group Action Against Hunger.

Gunmen seized them in November north of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, as they were heading to the airport to fly to Kenya. The Bulgarian government has identified the Europeans as two French citizens, a Belgian and a Bulgarian.