Somalia jihadists kidnap aid workers

by Kal El on May 21, 2008 · 0 comments

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Jihadists in Somalia show their gratitude for foreign aid and assistance.

Official: Somalia abductions ‘a terrorist act’

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Dozens of heavily armed gunmen kidnapped two Italian aid workers and their Somali colleague in southern Somalia on Wednesday in what a government official described as a “terrorist act.”
Police are pursuing the kidnappers, government spokesman Abdi Haji Gobdon said.

“The kidnapping of two Italian aid workers and a Somali aid worker is a terrorist act. We condemn this barbaric act,” Gobdon told The Associated Press.

The gunmen, armed with machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades, surrounded the aid workers’ house in Awdhigle, village elder Ahmed Yunis said.

The gunmen then blindfolded the relief workers — an Italian man and woman and a Somali man — and took them away, Yunis said. He said it was not clear who the gunmen are or why they abducted the aid workers

The village is about 45 miles south of the capital, Mogadishu.

Islamic insurgents vowed to target foreign aid workers after a U.S. missile strike killed the head of the Islamist al-Shabab militia, Aden Hashi Ayro, and 24 other people earlier this month. Ayro was reputed to be the top al-Qaeda commander in Somalia and was linked to a string of attacks on foreign aid workers and journalists.

Yet another incident that proves terrorists target civilians.

This is why I refuse to do any volunteer work in any muslim country. I am not allowed to own a gun, but terrorists and their supporters are. I am also not a huge fan of car-bombs.

Read the rest on USAToday’s website.

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