The Mayor of Bender Beyla town in Karkaar region has vowed that his administration will take every necessary step to get the kidnapped Danish family and their crew released in the best possible manner and time.
In an interview with Somalia Report, Mayor Said Adan Ali said they already had some measures in place to convince the pirates to immediately set free the family, however, he did not rule out that aggressive measures could be taken if the pirates do not heed the local and international calls to unconditionally release the hostages.
“We will take every possible and concrete step to free the hostages. Negotiations are taking place. I will not rule anything out at this time, it is a different situation given that these people are just innocent folks whose objective was to sail around the world. They did not know they will one day fall into the hands of pirates,” the mayor said.
“It is our responsibility to show the international community that we are not happy with what our young boys are doing in holding innocent children and their elderly parents hostages on our soil,” he added.
The warning of the mayor follows a botched rescue attempt last week by forces from the semiautonomous region of Puntland.
The mayor has confirmed to Somalia report that the hostages are in good condition under the harsh circumstances but their fate remains to be seen.
On Wednesday, a statement by Danish government said it had established contact with the Somali pirates and the hostages. A professional security firm has been handling negotiations with the pirates.
Maritime experts said the Danish family and their crew placed themselves in danger by sailing near Somalia’s lawless coast and defying warnings from international naval forces.