Aid workers kidnapped in Somalia

Foreigners working for aid group seized from airstrip at gunpoint.

     

    Action Against hunger have said that four of their staff were taken, without giving their nationalities.

    EU flight

    The European Commission spokesman said: "It was a flight under contract to the EU Commission. It was an Action Contre la Faim operation."

    The lawless east African nation has been the scene of a succession of kidnappings in 2008, with humanitarian workers increasingly targeted.

    Clan militias and Islamic fighters fighting the government are typically alleged to be involved in the abductons.

    However, the fighters regularly refute these claims, saying that the government of President Abdullahi Yosuf undertake the attacks and place the blame on them.

    There has been no central government in the country since 1991, when Mohamed Siad barre was overthrown.

    The country has since fallen into violent disorder, with drought and rising food prices contributing to what some are calling a humanitarian disaster. Few aid organisations are able to work in the country at present.

    Abductions often occur to extract ransoms. Two Italians, one Kenyan and one Briton are currently being held by gunmen after being abducted in April and May.

    Action Against Hunger has 14 foreign and 219 local employees in Somalia.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Explore how your country voted on global issues since 1946, as the world gears up for the 74th UN General Assembly.

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.