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Somalia: Unidentified men abduct aid worker in central Somalia

Somalia: Unidentified men abduct aid worker in central Somalia

An official of Care International who works in Ceel Dheer District of Galgadud Region, central Somalia, is reported to have been kidnapped on Saturday night.

The kidnap of the head of Care International in Galguduud Region was occurred in a village under Ceel Dheer District within the region.

The director was abducted by men armed with different kinds of weapons.

They were seen taking him way. An elder who is also a member of Ceel Dheer administration told Mareeg online.

"He was taken to northern bush area, I don’t know the groups" he told Mareeg by phone from nearby the location the kidnap took place.

Those behind the abduction the Care International boss in Galgudud Region are not yet known.

Efforts are under way on means to free the man.

Before his abduction, the official was said to have received threats through the telephone. The identity of those behind these threats remains unknown.

Its yet in the hands of kidnapper three aid workers two Italians and Somali aid worker.

The kidnapping took place in the village of Awdhegle, 70km south of Mogadishu, the capital.

The area is in the country's Lower Shabelle region.

The three worked for Cooperazione Italiana Nord Sud (CINS), or North-South Italian Cooperation, an Italian aid organisation, whose website says it engages mainly in development work and emergency relief.

According to the elder, the third hostage was Abderahman Yusuf Arale, the local head of the Italian aid group.

Perilous conditions

CINS is supported by the EU, UN and USAid. Aid officials were not immediately available for comment.

Aid workers, particularly foreigners, are being targeted more regularly in the Horn of Africa country.

In early May, a truck driver working for the World Food Programme in central Somalia was killed.

The spate of kidnappings and killings has complicated the delivery of aid to the most affected populations in Somalia, where the UN says one of the world's worst humanitarian catastrophes is unfolding.



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