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U.N. document links Britons to Somalia kidnapping, report says

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 26, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.

The Times of London said a secret section of a United Nations report has linked British citizens with Somali piracy.

The newspaper said that a 2012 report drawn up by the UN’s Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea carried a secret annex naming a British businessman of Somali origin as one of the key organizers of a pirate kidnapping in 2009.

The Times quotes the annex as saying that the businessman is responsible for “co-organizing hijackings and abductions” and was directly involved in the abduction of Paul and Rachel Chandler, a British couple held captive for 13 months before a ransom was paid in 2010.

Efforts to reach some of the report’s authors weren’t immediately successful Saturday.

No contact information for the businessman could immediately be located.

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