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Britons held as ransom drop goes wrong (Somalia pirates)
Financial Times (UK) ^ | May 27 2011 22:25 | Katrina Manson in Nairobi

Posted on 05/28/2011 6:09:16 AM PDT by Pan_Yan

Three Britons have been arrested in Somalia after a $3.6m ransom drop to release two vessels from pirates went wrong, according to diplomats.

The Foreign Office confirmed the arrests on Friday, three days after they were seized. “We are aware of the arrest of three British nationals in Somalia. We are in touch with their employer,” it said, without identifying the company.

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The senior western diplomat said two planes, intended for Galkacyo, a contested town on the edge of northern Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland, were intercepted at Mogadishu airport, the Somali capital, where fierce fighting with al-Shabaab Islamist extremists is a constant feature.

“The guys who brought the ransom in were from a security company based in Kenya,” said the diplomat, who said the cash was intended to release two vessels that were held by Somali pirates according to the International Maritime Bureau. “One plane brought the money in and one was to do the transfer.”

Images published on the Somalia Report website showed two white men averting their gaze or shielding their face with a hand, carrying large black bags over their shoulders and walking towards the central bank. The company faces questions about whether it was attempting to smuggle the cash.

“If it was hairy before it’s going to get a lot hairier,” said a security consultant based in the region, adding that no security team protecting a vessel had ever been taken by pirates, although one once jumped overboard to avoid capture. The International Maritime Organisation, a UN agency, is yet to publish guidelines on the use of weapons by protection adopted at the end of last week.

(Excerpt) Read more at ft.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: kenya; piracy; somalia; tfg; uk; unitedkingdom; waronterror

1 posted on 05/28/2011 6:09:21 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Can someone tell me why we or other countries dont kill the pirates? I dont get it.


2 posted on 05/28/2011 6:10:48 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: dalebert

Because the world is ruled by the Left. And the Left says it is the worlds fault there are pirates because we haven’t given them enough freebees.


3 posted on 05/28/2011 6:20:46 AM PDT by deadrock
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To: dalebert

“WHY DONT WE KILL THE PIRATES?”

Answer: They are “Holder’s people”.


4 posted on 05/28/2011 6:22:31 AM PDT by Diogenesis ( Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Diogenesis
Can someone tell me why we or other countries dont kill the pirates? I dont get it.

China, who because of Obama's lack of leadership will have a presence in the area, has warned them they are not going to defend the ships but go to the camps of these pirates and kill everybody.

5 posted on 05/28/2011 7:09:21 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: Pan_Yan

What would Britain have done to the pirates in 1850? 1900? How far the mighty have fallen.


6 posted on 05/28/2011 9:04:47 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Pan_Yan

What would Britain have done to the pirates in 1850? 1900? How far the mighty have fallen.


7 posted on 05/28/2011 9:04:56 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Pan_Yan.
8 posted on 05/28/2011 1:42:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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