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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Foreign Aid Workers Kidnapped in Somali

Somali gunmen kidnapped three foreign aid workers on Saturday in a raid on a Kenyan border town, then went back over the porous border into the Horn of Africa nation, rebels and residents said.

Cross-border raids are fairly common in the remote region, but usually involve cattle rustlers or gangs of robbers preying on business people in both countries. Ill-funded Kenyan security forces can do little to police the vast, impoverished area.

Somalia's militant al Shabaab group, which denied involvement, vowed to track down the captors who took the three workers from Mandera town, straddling the Kenya-Somali border.

"The authorities in Mandera (in Kenya) told us that those aid workers had been kidnapped. We're now going to run after them," said Sheikh Osman, an al Shabaab member in the neighboring district in Somalia.

link: Somali gunmen kidnap foreign aid workers: officials | International | Reuters


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