2 July 2012

Somalia: Aid Workers Released in Somalia Raid

Four foreign aid workers kidnapped from the IFO refugee camp in Daadab close to the Somalia border were on Monday flown to Nairobi after being ... ( Resource: Kenya: Kidnapped Aid Workers Rescued

Dhoblay — Somali national army along with Kenyan military have on Monday, rescued four hostage aid workers kidnapped from Dadaab by gunmen on Friday, world's largest refugee complex, locals said.

Four foreign aid workers kidnapped in Kenya by Somali gunmen three days ago have been freed in a joint raid on Monday that carried out by Somali and Kenyan army at an area close to Dhoblay town, which sits near the border.

The latest reports from the border town of Dhobley indicated that Somali and Kenyan forces conducted search operations hunting the kidnappers who have been hiding out at Ali-Boley villages around the town. Residents reported that the allied forces managed to free the four aid workers from the hostage takers.

One captor was killed during the operation while three were captured, according to General Ismail Sahardid, the army chief of Somali forces in Jubba regions, south of the country.

"We have just been informed that the four aid workers have been released. They're in Dhamange base controlled by Kenyan army at Dhobley town," said Mr. Sahardid.

Airborne searches were ongoing in the past three-days using both military helicopters and aircraft, while vehicles and troops on foot searched the remote scrubland either side of the permeable border with Somalia.

The released detainees are two men and two women, who work with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), come from Canada,Norway,Pakistan and the Philippines.

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