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Ransom Demands And The Countries Who Pay Up

“European nations, including France and Italy, are believed to have paid large sums for the safe release of kidnapped citizens.

The money is most commonly paid through a network of proxies in contact with extremist organisations, often disguised as development aid for a particular country.

A New York Times investigation last year found that al Qaeda and its affiliates have made at least $125m (£83m) from kidnappings since 2008 – including $66m (£44m) in 2013.”

(Source: Ransom Demands And The Countries Who Pay Up

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