Foreign hostages in Somalia

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Feb 15th, 2013
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Somali militant group Al Shabaab say they executed a Kenyan army private at midnight on Thursday after the expiry of an ultimatum for the release of Muslims held by Kenya on terror charges. The Al Shabaab militants, who want to impose a strict version of sharia, or Islamic law, also said they were ex...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Feb 4th, 2013
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Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has opened a new Twitter account in English, less than two weeks after its previous account was suspended. A senior al-Shabab official told the BBC that the new account was genuine. Al-Shabab’s previous English-language account was suspended after...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Jan 16th, 2013
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Somali Islamists say they have decided to kill a French agent they have held since 2009, as confusion continues over whether he is in fact still alive. The Al-Qaeda linked Shebab said in a statement they have “reached a unanimous decision to execute the French intelligence officer, Denis Allex,...
By IndepthAfrica
In Ethiopia
Jan 14th, 2013
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An image posted online on Jan. 14, 2013 by Islamic militants in Somalia allegedly shows the body of a French commando who was killed in a failed raid aimed at freeing a French hostage. / YouTube MOGADISHU, Somalia In a gruesome display that included a taunt of France’s president, Somali militan...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Jan 12th, 2013
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France has said one of its soldiers and an intelligence agent have been killed in a failed hostage rescue attempt in Somalia. The agent, who is code-named Denis Allex and was captured by militants in 2009, died in the fighting with Islamists overnight, the French government said. However, the Al Shab...
By benim
In East Africa
Feb 20th, 2011
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The U.S. Navy says it is prepared to intervene to rescue four Americans on a yacht hijacked by Somali pirates. The yacht, the S/V Quest, owned by California couple Scott and Jean Adam, who are sailing the world distributing Bibles, was taken Friday. Organizers of an international yacht race identifie...
By benim
In Crime & Corruption
Feb 20th, 2011
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Mogadishu – An American couple that has sailed the world with a yacht full of Bibles was hijacked by Somali pirates, and the US said it is assessing possible options. Pirates say the yacht will make landfall in Somalia on Sunday, which would reduce the chances of a fast rescue dramatically. A B...
By benim
In East Africa
Nov 16th, 2010
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A Somali-born UK national said he embarked on dangerous talks to help free a British couple because he was ashamed that pirates from his clan had kidnapped the pair and feared their deaths would tarnish Somalia’s image. Dahir Abdullahi Kadiye, who said that a gun was pointed at him several time...
By benim
In East Africa
Nov 14th, 2010
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A British couple kidnapped by pirates has been released after more than a year in captivity, Somali leaders said Sunday. Paul and Rachel Chandler were seized from their yacht in October last year, just after they set sail from the Seychelles Islands for Tanzania. A ransom of about $750,000 was paid f...
By benim
In East Africa
Nov 9th, 2010
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UNITED NATIONS — Somali pirates are becoming more brazen and keeping ahead of the international naval force seeking to end their high seas marauding, a top UN official said Tuesday. The pirates have kidnapped almost 100 new crew and passengers from ships in less than a month and there are now at leas...