I wrote here in April that the Somali pirates were jihadists. Here is further evidence of that fact.
Somali Islamists bent on turning their land into an international haven for Al Qaeda are using pirate gangs to offer foreign militants safe passage into the country, The Sunday Telegraph has been told.
The Taliban-style Shabab group , which has already siezed control of much of the lawless nation, has enlisted the pirates’ services to smuggle in al-Qaeda fighters from across the Middle East, according to Somali government ministers. They claim that up to 1,000 have arrived in recent months, swelling the ranks of the Shabab in its bid to topple the fragile US-backed administration in Mogadishu.
The warning was issued by Somali’s first deputy prime minister, Professor Abdulrahman Adan Ibrahim, during a visit to London last week. He is lobbying for Britain and other Western countries to give more financial help to stamp out the piracy problem along the country’s vast 2,000 mile coastline.
“The Shabab are requesting the pirates to bring people in for them,” Prof Ibrahim told The Sunday Telegraph. “Somalia’s borders with neighbouring countries are now tightly policed, so the only corridor for them is via the sea. The pirates smuggle them, and if anybody stops them, they just say they are passing fishermen.”…