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article imageGunmen kidnap UK Save the Children worker in Somalia

By Lynn Curwin     Oct 15, 2010 in Crime
Two workers with Save the Children were abducted by masked gunmen in Somalia. The Somali has been released but a British man is still being held.
The workers were taken from a guesthouse compound in Adado, near the Ethiopian border.
"Save the Children was assessing the feasibility of starting up a humanitarian programme to help malnourished and sick children and their families in the area,” The Independent quoted Anna Ford, a spokesman for the aid agency, as saying.
"We are extremely concerned about the welfare of those being held and urgently call upon whoever is holding them captive to release them unconditionally."
It was later reported that the Somali had been released.
It is not known who is behind the kidnapping but several forces have gunmen in the area, including pirates and militia factions allied to the government.
BBC News reported that the abducted man is a security consultant who had gone to the area to determine whether it was safe enough for Save the Children to set up a new base to help the malnourished and ill.
Several foreigners have been kidnapped in Somalia during the past few years, with most being released unharmed once a ransom has been paid.
Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 40 years.
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