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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Two More UN Aid workers Kidnapped in Somalia

Nairobi/Mogadishu - Gunmen have abducted two people working for the United Nations' mine action programme in Somalia, the BBC said Saturday.

Reports said that gunmen seized the two, believed to be Scandinavian, and a Somali aid worker after temporarily gaining control of a town in southern Somalia.

Nobody from the UN's mine programme in Somali or its coordinating office in neighbouring Kenya was available to confirm the reports.

Many aid workers have been abducted since the man believed to be al-Qaeda's top operative in the country, Aden Hashi Ayro, was killed in a US air strike on May 1.

The head of the UN refugee agency UNHCR's Mogadishu programme was kidnapped last weekend and is still being held.

Several other aid workers have been in the hands of gunmen for months and the World Food Programme has seen three of its drivers killed.

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