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Mr Barnard revealed via telephone his six-day ordeal was at an end.
"I am well and free .... and traveling back to Adado," he said, referring to the town close to the border with Ethiopia where he was seized along with his Somali fixer last week.
Save the Children confirmed Mr Barnard, who was initially thought to hold dual Zimbabwean-British nationality, was "on his way to a place of safety".
"We continue to be concerned for him but at this point we are cautiously optimistic," said Anna Ford, the charity's spokesperson in Nairobi.
Local elders said the contractor was released to local officials, some 250km from Adado, after his kidnappers lowered their demands.
"The gunmen asked for $150,000 to free the hostage but they were only paid $100,000," one of the negotiators, speaking anonymously, said.
Another elder, Mohamed Abdulahi, said Mr Barnard was freed around 5am local time (3am BST) and denied money had changed hands.
"No ransom was paid. His release happened through negotiations," he said.
Mr Barnard's fixer was released, unharmed, hours after their capture last Thursday.
Heavily-armed men in three vehicles had burst into a guesthouse housing aid workers from several organisations in the Adado region.
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