Aid workers snatched from Sahrawi camp
Three Western humanitarian aid workers were abducted Saturday night from a Polisario-run refugee camp in western Algeria, AFP reported on Sunday (October 23rd). According to a Mauritanian security source, the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb branch led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar (aka Laaouar) was responsible for the kidnapping at the Sahrawi camp in Rabuni, near Tindouf.
"The kidnappers infiltrated from Malian territory... using an all-terrain vehicle and firearms. The terrorists went back the way they came with the hostages," the Polisario said in a statement. One of the Spaniards and a Sahrawi guard were wounded in the assault, the statement said.
The hostages were identified as Italian Rossella Urru of Rome-based International Committee for the Development of Peoples (CISP) and Spanish NGO workers Enric Gonyalons of Basque organisation Mundubat and Ainhoa Fernandez de Rincon of the Sahrawi Friendship Association of Extremadura.
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