11 April 2014

Somalia: Amisom, Jubaland Forces Rescue Kenyan Nationals Held By Al Shabaab

Kismayo — Kenyan-AMISOM troops along with Somalia's Jubaland forces have freed two Kenyan nationals being held captive by Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab group on Friday, Garowe Online reports.

According to a press statement from African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the surprise operation occurred in the outskirts of border town and Lower Jubba regional district of Dhobley which is situated a few kilometers from Somalia-Kenya border.

"James Kiarie Gichoi, working for aid agency Care International was kidnapped near the Dadaab refugee camp, while Daniel Njuguna Wanyoike, a driver's helper employed by Shibli Enterprises Ltd, a company contracted by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to transport medical supplies from Nairobi to Marerey, was kidnapped in Afmadow," the statement read.

A facility run by AMISOM offered medical assistances to the two Kenyans before they have been flown to Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Speaking about the successful operation, The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission to Somalia (SRCC) Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif felicitated the Kenya Defence Forces on the move.

"Our mandate requires us to create a safe haven for aid agencies to carry out their operations and we are committed to ensuring the protection of aid workers as they deliver essential services to the Somali population," said Annadif.

Al Shabaab lost battle against Somali government forces and AMISOM peacekeepers, with militants vacating a string of strategic towns in central and southwestern Somalia over the last six weeks.


Copyright © 2014 Garowe Online. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.