Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

WEB NEWS

'Ice Bucket Challenge' angers anti-abortion activists

Read more

#TECH 24

Tomorrow's Transport Today

Read more

FOCUS

Mothers and children leaving Honduras at all costs

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

US journalist Peter Theo Curtis freed in Syria

Read more

ENCORE!

An art wonderland: A burnt-out piano, a bed in a box and a giant magic mushroom

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Historian Jean Garrigues: 'For the first time, Hollande knows what he is doing'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'Macron-economy' pun already worn out

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War (part 2)

Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • Russian troops have entered Ukraine, says Kiev

    Read more

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say ‘I do’ in France

    Read more

  • Assad cannot be partner in fight against terrorism, says Hollande

    Read more

  • New Ebola case in Nigeria brings death toll to 1,552

    Read more

  • Video: 'Neither Baghdad nor the US can defeat the Islamic State'

    Read more

  • Platini will not run against Blatter for FIFA presidency

    Read more

  • Air France pilots announce week-long strike in September

    Read more

  • Erdogan's inauguration paves way for constitutional change

    Read more

  • New French economy minister takes swipe at 35-hour work week

    Read more

  • Air France suspends flights to Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

    Read more

  • Uzi shooting by 9-year-old rekindles gun debate

    Read more

  • Mother of American journalist asks IS leader for his release

    Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • Uruguayans sign up to grow marijuana at home

    Read more

  • Missouri governor appoints black public safety director

    Read more

  • French unemployment rises 0.8% in July to record high

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

    Read more

Africa

Kidnappers release six foreigners, including two French nationals

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-08-11

Somali kidnappers have freed six foreigners, including two French nationals, two Kenyans, one Bulgarian and a Belgian, who were seized in November 2008 in central Somalia, a Mogadishu airport official said.

The French NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF) confirmed on Tuesday that Somali kidnappers had released six foreigners seized in November last year in central Somalia. ACF stated in a press release that the victims are “apparently all in good health, they’ll have medical check-ups.”

 

The victims comprised four ACF aid workers (two French nationals, a Belgian and a Bulgarian) and their two Kenyan pilots. According to an ACF spokeswoman, the four aid workers boarded a plane and were flown to safety out of Somalia.

 

The gunmen snatched the six on November 5 as they were trying to leave the airstrip in Dhusa Mareb, an Islamist stronghold in central Somalia, to fly to Nairobi, Kenya. Witnesses had said the aid workers were escorted by five or six security guards when they tried to board a plane but that they were easily overpowered by about 20 heavily-armed men.

 

There is no word yet as to the circumstances of the prisoners’ release.

 

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a written statement that he “rejoices and expresses his immense relief” at the news, adding that he reaffirmed “his determination to struggle against these criminal acts.”

 

The ACF has been present in Somalia since 1992.

 

Somalia has been without a stable government for two decades, and has been mired in violent, internecine clashes between the government and various Islamist groups. It is considered one of the world’s most dangerous nations for international aid workers.

 

 

Date created : 2009-08-11

COMMENT(S)