Media: Execution threats following air strike

According to Somalia Report, the air strike led by EU Navfor has resulted in Somali pirates threatening to execute hostages if international forces carry out more air strikes.

The EU Navfor air strike on a Somali pirates base in the Harardhere district on Tuesday has been described as a new phase or an escalation of the fight on piracy in the Gulf of Aden. Now, Somali pirates threaten to execute hostages if more air strikes are carried out.

“Yes, they attacked us last night and destroyed two speed boats and three stepladders but they did not kill anybody. We will not accept another attack. Next time, we will respond by killing our hostages. We have many hostages so if they want to see them alive, they must stop these air strikes”, Ali Mumin, pirate in the Ilay group from Harardhere tells Somali Report. The Ilay group was the hijackers of the Italian vessel MV Savina Caylyn.

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