4 August 2009

Somalia: News Black Out On French Hostages?

Mogadishu — Initial reports indicated that " French hostages in Somalia are split up between two Islamist extremist groups" -- Al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam . Now both hostages are in the hands of Al- Shabab, and may face a Sharia trial.

The kidnapping of the two security consultants has dented the confidence of French government in Somalia's Transitional Federal Government .

"The kidnapping in Mogadishu on 14 July of two French intelligence agents, who are now in the hands of the Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam Islamist groups is a clear indication of how delicate - and even dangerous - it is to consider the [sic] Somalian Transitional Federal Government (TFG) as a government like any other government," reports The Indian Ocean Newsletter.

Is there a secret news-black out on the French hostages in Somalia? There are rumours that the Somali Minster of Interior, Sheikh Abdulkadir Ali Omar , may be sacked because militia who kidnapped the two French men hail from same clan as the Interior Minister's. Sheikh Abdulkadir remained in Mogadishu during the insurgency against the TFG.

He was coordinating attacks on the TFG ad Ethiopian forces that were backing Somalia's federal movement. He was appointed a minster of interiors after sheikh Sharif Sharif Ahmed, former head of the Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia, was elected the president of Transitional Federal Government of Somalia in January.

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