Verified: Somalia Journalist Abductions an Inside Job

21.01.09

Categorie: Africa, Extremists, Reporters |

340x.jpgIn August, Somali gunmen seized two Western journalists and their Somali colleagues while the group was traveling from Mogadishu to the nearby town of Afgooye to report on refugees. The Somalis were released last week, but Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Aussie Nigel Brennan, pictured, remain missing.

In the weeks following their abduction, I received tips that the crime had been an inside job — that the security men working for the Shamo Hotel, where Lindhout and Brennan were staying (and where I had stayed back in late 2007), had set up the journalists.

Now I can confirm that that suspicion is true. I have reached an important source, whose name I cannot divulge. “For sure, before the abduction happen[ed], Al-Shabab men was (sic) waiting the car in middle of the road,” the source tells me. “They were well informed, they received some information from the hotel security guys.”

If my source is right — and I believe they are — Islamic group Al Shabab had a hand in the crime, with a big boost from hotel security.

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5 Responses to “Verified: Somalia Journalist Abductions an Inside Job”

  1. Actions Cancelled Department says:

    http://blog.kievukraine.info/2007/11/ukraine-woman-forced-to-dance-at-strip.html

    I found some Ukranian people smugglers while working a case today at the same club cheetahs. interesting stuff. Looks like the old russians people smuggling operations I was looking at in my global campaign last year on illegal weapons and people smuggling.

  2. Actions Cancelled Department says:

    http://74.125.113.132/search?q=cache:Q_wjMj94o2gJ:www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22056066/page/2/+CHEETAHS+UKRAINIAN+SEX+SLAVES+DETROIT+MI&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us

    Look at the large amounts of cash recovered in this case. It is very similar to the case in NY,NY with the ATM thefts at Citi Bank. Do you think they were laundering money there from the NY,NY cell that was stealing the money from the ATM’s with the hyjacked pins? The people smuggling also raises some red flags as to how this organized group may have been a part of the NY activities, beyond petty strippers and prostitutes incomes.

  3. Actions Cancelled Department says:

    http://74.125.113.132/search?q=cache:vXXOgSxgKa4J:www.thaidrugpolice.com/dpo/board/BoardDet.aspx%3Fmid%3D36497+CHEETAHS+UKRAINIAN+SEX+SLAVES+DETROIT+MI&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us

    Ukranian cyber intelligence pulls up several hits shere this group was communicating online here to interdict if this is what it looks like.

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