Tuesday, October 25, 2011


US, Danish aid workers kidnapped in Somalia
By Cherice Chen
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2011-10-26 01:54 PM
Three aid workers — an American woman, a Danish man and a Somali man —were kidnapped by Somali gunmen Tuesday in north-central Somalia.

A 60-year-old Danish man, a 32-year-old American woman and their Somali colleague working for the Danish Demining Group were kidnapped Tuesday near the airport in the city of Galkayo, said Somali security officials.

Since September, this is the fourth kidnapping of foreigners by Somali gunmen. It was thought that al-Shabaab, Somalia’s al-Qaeda Islamist group, was behind these kidnappings.

Earlier this month two Spanish aid workers were kidnapped at a refugee camp over the border in Kenya and were believed to have been taken to Somalia.

Last month, 56-year-old British tourist Judith Tebbutt was kidnapped from a remote Kenyan resort at Kiwayu. Her husband David was killed.

On October 1, a 66-year-old French woman was seized by gunmen in Kenya and taken to Somalia. She was confirmed dead in captivity.

Kenya has been on edge since the al-Shabaab threatened terrorist attacks in retaliation for Kenya’s offensive in Somalia. On Monday, two grenade attacks in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, left 1 dead and more than 20 injured.

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