Refugee Group Blames Crooked Somali Cop for Kidnapping
The global security adviser for the nonprofit refugee agency whose two employees were kidnapped said Friday that a Somali officer meant to protect the foreign aid workers had been bribed to give them up. Jessica Buchanan, 32, and Poul Hagen Thisted, 60, after spending three months in captivity, were rescued Wednesday in a daring raid by the U.S. Navy SEALs. Fredrik Palsson, the global safety adviser for the Danish Refugee Council, said that one of the officers was bribed, and then he replaced the rest of the guards with people in on the corruption. In a joint statement, Buchanan and Thisted’s families said the former hostages need some time away from the media spotlight to recover.