Aid workers kidnapped in Somalia

Armed men abduct two foreigners working with Medecins Sans Frontieres.

    Puntland has been relatively peaceful
    compared to Somalia proper [EPA] 

    On Monday, armed men released a French cameraman who had been kidnapped in the same region for more than a week. Officials said no ransom was paid.
     

    Gwen Le Gouil was in Bosaso to shoot a documentary on the mass  smuggling of refugees from Somalia and other war-torn Horn of Africa  countries across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen when he was captured on  December 16.

      

    In May, gunmen kidnapped two aid workers - a Kenyan and a  Briton - employed by CARE International in the same region.

      

    Puntland, which declared its semi-autonomous status in 1998, is  relatively peaceful compared to Somalia proper, which has been wracked by violence since former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was  ousted in 1991.


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