Recruits from al-Shabaab, one of the groups who have benefited from kidnapping, pose in the Somali capital Mogadishu, 2012
Recruits from al-Shabaab, one of the groups who have benefited from kidnapping, pose in the Somali capital Mogadishu, 2012

Well, yes, according to an investigation by the New York Times.

The paper reports European governments have paid al-Qa'ida and other related terrorist organisations more than $125m (£74m) in ransom payments since 2008.**

They also claim that the payments were made through a series of go-betweens and the money was often masked as development aid.

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