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Patrols to find the 2 MSF “humanitarians” hostages off the coast of Somalia

(B2) Several reconnaissance flights by planes and helicopters have taken place in recent weeks to verify the presence or otherwise on board boats held by the pirates of the two MSF Spain workers, Blanca Thiebaut and Montserrat Serra. Some sources indicated that the two collaborators were on board ships in one of the pirate dens in Harardhere. High resolution photos were taken. According to military intelligence, which spoke to our Spanish colleagues, the presence of “whites” on board could be identified but no trace of the two humanitarian workers. The two women were kidnapped a year ago while on their way to the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Their Kenyan driver was injured in the ambush. Last January, information spread that their El Shabaab captors had “sold” their prey to Somali pirates who were better able to negotiate a ransom.

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).