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The Foreigner UPDATED: Dramatic rescue for Norwegian aid worker. Somali security personnel freed a Norwegian Refugee Council worker and three other hostages following shots, reports Reuters. Colonel Abdullahi Moalim told the news agency, “Our forces have rescued the four aid workers who were abducted from the refugee camp in Kenya in a rescue operation last night. They are healthy and unharmed.”  According to the colonel, government forces stopped a car in the Lower Juber region that was carrying supplies to the abductors.

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UPDATED: Dramatic rescue for Norwegian aid worker

Published on Monday, 2nd July, 2012 at 10:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 2nd July 2012 at 16:17.

Somali security personnel freed a Norwegian Refugee Council worker and three other hostages following shots, reports Reuters.



Colonel Abdullahi Moalim told the news agency, “Our forces have rescued the four aid workers who were abducted from the refugee camp in Kenya in a rescue operation last night. They are healthy and unharmed.” 

According to the colonel, government forces stopped a car in the Lower Juber region that was carrying supplies to the abductors.

The operation, which saw a short exchange of fire, brought an end to the four aid workers’ ordeal after an armed group kidnapped them outside the Dadaab refugee camp, Friday, approximately 10 miles from the Somali border. One of the kidnappers was killed.

Eight or nine armed men killed the Kenyan who was driving the convoy and abducted the aid workers who come from Pakistan, the Philippines and Canada.

Norwegian Refugee Council secretary general Elisabeth Rasmussen, who was in the area at the time, escaped the incident unharmed.

“They [the aid workers] are exhausted, they have walked far and have blisters, and one of the aid workers was shot in the leg, but otherwise they are in good health,” Kenyan army spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said to AFP.
Adding that the four are currently located in Dhobley, a southern Somali border town.

Mr Oguna added, “They are receiving medical attention at our base while they await transfer back to Kenya.”

Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs press spokesperson Frode Andersen told The Foreigner, “we neither confirm nor deny the media reports at present.”

The NRC now reports the names of the four hostages freetaken are Glenn Costes (40) from the Philippines, Steven Dennis (37) and Qurat-Ul-Ain Sadazai (38) from Canada and Astrid Sehl (33) from Norway.

Elisabeth Rasmussen says in a statement, "We are thankful to know that our four colleagues have been found and safely returned to Kenya. This is a day of relief for us and for the families of the abducted."



Published on Monday, 2nd July, 2012 at 10:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 2nd July 2012 at 16:17.

This post has the following tags: kidnappednorwegianaidworker, norwegianrefugeecouncil.





  
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