Mogadishu (Somalia): The leader of a band of Somali pirates holding a British yachting couple says the two hostages have been moved as Islamist insurgents approached a pirate haven for the first time.
Maslah Yare says pirates bundled Paul and Rachel Chandler into a car Monday and took them into a forest, soon after receiving word that al-Shabab fighters were approaching the town of Haradhere, a town on the Somali coast that is a pirate lair.
Ahmed Salad, a businessman, says an advance team of militants entered Haradhere in two vehicles late Sunday. Somali pirates and insurgents are two separate groups. If al-Shabab, which is linked to al Qaeda, takes control of pirate strongholds, the pirates` 300-plus foreign hostages could be in greater danger.