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Puntland Asks EU & NATO: Please Help Destroy Pirate Bases

(BRUSSELS2) According to local sources collected by the excellent online media Somalia Report, the pirates are about to return to their old bases in Puntland and even settle in their new bases near the Red Sea. They fled these areas in early 2011. They are returning today.

Pirates resettle near the Red Sea, so do El-Shabaab militants

“A number of pirates have arrived with boats and cars and are starting to set up new bases in the Bari and Karkar regions. said Puntland Minister of Maritime Transport and Ports, Said Mohamed Raage, in an interview with our Somali colleague. They started ' end December. And their numbers are growing in these areas day by day », in Qandala, Bargal, Rasa Bina, Murcanyo, Gesalay and Bacad iyo Xabo, in particular. But that's not all, according to the Puntland minister, a certain number of militants from al-Shabaab, the Islamist militia, who are fleeing the south and the raids by the Kenyan army, are also arriving in the area. “They arrive by fast boats and they are now hiding in the mountainous areas of the coast”.

The European Union and NATO requested

“We need more help from navies and members of the international community to combat piracy and our new concern against terrorism explained the Minister. " We ask for help from NATO and Eunavfor (Nb: the European anti-piracy mission) to fight al-Shabaab. We need NATO forces and Eunavfor to help us capture all the fast boats coming from southern Somalia. As such, we do not have enough resources to control all our coasts. »

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).