Somalia: French Army frees another two hostages
A French couple held hostage by Somali pirates for two weeks have been freed by the French army in an operation in which one pirate was killed, the Elysee presidential palace announced Tuesday.
(…) “The pirates now know that they are taking risks, big risks,” Sarkozy said.
Sarkozy said he ordered the rescue when it became clear that the pirates planned to take the hostages to Eyl, a Somali zone that serves as a base for numerous pirates.
Freeing them would have been difficult once they got there and “their captivity could have lasted months,” Sarkozy said.
Vicki writes why this operation is really important in the fight against piracy:
Eyl is a port town in the autonomous region of Puntland. At least 10 ships are known to be held there, along with approximately 130 hostages. Most of these languish there for months until the ship owners pay increasingly large ransoms. Sarkozy said that no ransom was paid in this instance. That is good news, since the profits from the ransoms are being invested in drug trafficking, which in turn is being used to sponsor insurgency movements in Somalia’s unstable coalition of states.
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Related article: Somali pirates plunder is used to fund terrorism, expers fear (via EuropeNews).
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