Aid workers seized in Kenya 'freed'
Somali government troops have rescued four foreign aid workers held hostage inside Somalia, three days after they were seized from a refugee camp in neighbouring Kenya, a Somali military commander said today.
Col Abduallahi Moalim said government soldiers in the Lower Juber region that borders Kenya stopped a vehicle carrying supplies for the attackers yesterday.
The army seized three of the occupants who directed the force to the hostages, he said. They were being held near the border between the towns of Diff and Dhobley.
"Our forces have rescued the four aid workers kidnapped from Kenya in an overnight rescue operation," Col Moalim said. ."They are healthy and unhurt."
Friday's attack at the Dadaab refugee camp was the first abduction of foreigners from Kenya since the east African country sent troops into Somalia in October to battle an al-Qaeda-linked insurgency. A Kenyan driver was shot dead during the kidnapping.
The four are staff of the Norweigan Refugee Council and come from Canada, Norway, Pakistan and the Philippines.
Kenya deployed its troops in the Horn of Africa country days after two Spanish women working for Médecins Sans Frontières were kidnapped at Dadaab last October.
They are still being held.Dadaab, about 100km from Somalia, was set up in 1991 to house Somalis fleeing violence in their country. It has since become the world's biggest refugee camp with almost 500,000 residents.