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Ransom payments fuelling terrorism in Yemen, Syria, Nigeria and NW Africa.

The UK Foreign Office has warned that ransom payments made to kidnappers are directly fuelling terrorism, and that the problem is getting worse.

“Basically the money is taken and divided into several categories for several departments,” says terrorism expert Aimen Deen, from security consultants Five Dimensions.

“There is the weapons department. There are the training camps that need food and electricity. They need money for weapons for training, they need to obtain chemicals for explosives, they need to pay for the tickets for people to travel… the renting of apartments abroad and the building of camps outside and inside of Yemen.”

Senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials estimate that more than $60m has been paid in terrorist ransoms in the last five years. They say terrorist kidnappings are on the rise in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria and NW Africa. They believe the number of groups doing it is up and so is the going rate Рfrom $4m per hostage in the Sahara in 2010, to well over $5m today.  GO TO SOURCE HERE

Foreign hostages in Niger Delta, 200 since 2006.

Middle East Security News.- The Dutch couple ( Judith Spiegel (R) and her partner Boudewijn Berendsen ) had made an emotional plea in an Internet video dated July 13 for their government to act to secure their release.MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE"

Middle East Security News.- The Dutch couple ( Judith Spiegel (R) and her partner Boudewijn Berendsen ) had made an emotional plea in an Internet video dated July 13 for their government to act to secure their release.MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / YOUTUBE"