We’re happy to report that this is now very old news, thanks to Michael’s release this week. If we could archive this story, we would, but we don’t want to simply delete it as that’s not how we do things, so consider this one ‘spiked’.
Andrew Mwangura, Secretary General of the Seafarers Union of Kenya, sent me the following report on German/US citizen, Michael Scott Moore, kidnapped by pirates in January 2012. Please note that this report has not been verified by any third parties:
American journalist Michael Moore is said to be in a very bad situation following a gun attack last December.
Sources within piracy circles say that the hostage suffered bullet wounds while trying to escape from captivity.
Writer-cum-journalist with dual US/German citizenship Michael Scott Moore was taken captive in January this year by 15 gunmen in two land cruisers South of Galkayo in the Galmadug region.
Several Westerners have been kidnapped from Kenya near the Somali border, and Kenyan officials blames the Shabaab for the abductions, citing them as a rationale for sending hundreds of troops into Somalia.
But many independent analysts doubt the abductions were committed by the Shabaab and say pirate or bandit gangs were probably the culprits.
Eye witness Ahmed Mohamed says that the ill-fated journalist is currently hospitalized in Gal’kayo under tight security watch of his captors.
For more on this story, and kidnaps by pirates in general, please read my previous article on the subject here.
Maritime Security News UPDATE:
This story gained a lot of attention, not least from Michael Moore’s mother, who contacted me directly. In turn, I put her in touch with the original source of the story, Andrew Mwangura. Today, I contacted Mwangura for an update after hearing from Michael’s mother.
“He was not seriously injured….the gunmen want to use him as bargaining chip.”
This kind of psychological pressure is not unusual when dealing with pirates and kidnappers. Hopefully, the new attention Michael Moore’s case has garnered will pay off in terms of faster negotiations and release.