Four Americans and a Briton who said they were trying to free a boat held by pirates hunters have been accused and arrested for the possession of illegal weapons. The police reported that they were detained at Nampula, Mozambique’s third largest city. When questioned, the men said they work for GreySide US security firm. GreySide has not commented yet, however, the US embassy says the group has no connection with the US government.
Inacio Dina, the provisional police spokesperson of Nampula told the BBC that the weapons included an FN 5.5 mm rifle, as well as ammunition and communications kit. The police said the leader of the group is a 42-year-old US citizen named Michael Ferguson who has not yet spoken to the press. It was reported that the group flew from the United States via Ethiopia and Kenya, where they picked up the weapons.
The leader of the group Mr Ferguson revealed their plan was to catch small boats in the northern Mozambican coastal city of Pemba before joining a larger vessel to enable them to free the boat from the pirates. It is not yet known which ship they were trying to rescue. According to the police, the men were expecting more weapons to reach them in Pemba. These are weapons they were unable to carry with them on the plane.