Somali govt asks pirates to release British couple

October 23, 2010 04:10

NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia's government on Friday called for the release of a British couple being held in the country ahead of the one-year anniversary of their capture.

Minister of Information Abdirahman Omar Osman said the continued captivity of Paul and Rachel Chandler is "inhuman and un-Islamic."

"Saturday marks one year since the deplorable capture and kidnap of Paul and Rachel Chandler by Somali pirates," he said in a statement. "That situation brings terrible shame to our nation with every day that it continues. The responsibility for this outrage lies with the criminals who disrupt this strategic shipping line around our waters."

Osman also called on the international community to give more help to the struggling government, which he said is incapable of fighting piracy on its own off the coast of the lawless East African country.

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