MOGADISHU, (Somalilandpress) — Somaliland MP said he has received information that one of the British couple held in Somalia was seriously wounded by the Somali pirates after a gun-battle, Somalilandpress reports.
Speaking by phone, spokesman of the militia, Mr. Ali Gedow told Somaliland MP, Mr. Ahmed Mohamed, that Rachel Chandlers has been shot and in a serious condition after rival militia groups fought over the couples.
The spokesman did not give any further details however he said he was going to check on her condition but never returned. Since then several attempts to call him back later failed after he did not answer the number he called from.
“I’ve been trying to call him since we spoke but he is not responding to my calls,” Ahmed said. “I do not know what happened to him,” he added.
Mr. Ahmed Mohamed managed to speak with Rachel last month through one of the captives who then continuously call Mr. Ahmed for the issue concerning the hostages. This came after the Somaliland MP made an appeal to the Somali militia to release the British couples.
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Mr. Ahmed said he did not get any support from the British government regarding the two elderly couples and appeals to the pirates in the past month to free the Chandlers has felt on deaf-ears. He told Somalilandpress, that during his discussion with the kidnappers, he made it clear that he was doing this as a humanitarian purpose and he has no intention of paying them any ransom.
It is not clear if Rachel is really wounded or if it is a game from the captors to again get the attention of the world to get paid for the release of the couple.
The British couple, Rachel and Paul Chandlers, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent were kidnapped four months ago by Somali pirates while sailing at sea off the Seychelles on their way to Tanzania.
You can listen to Mr. Ahmed and the rest of the interview (Somali):
Somalilandpress, 14th March 2010