Gunmen kidnap Somali aid workers


At least six aid workers have been abducted by guxnmen in Somalia’s south-western Gedo region.

The aid workers, all Somalis, were travelling to Bura village when their vehicle was ambushed by the gunmen on Wednesday, district commissioner Iman Adow said.

Some of the aid workers managed to escape but six were taken captive,” he added.

The motive for the abductions is unclear.

Some locals blame militant Islamist group al-Shabab for the kidnappings but the group has not yet commented.

The aid workers are involved in efforts to curb malnutrition among women, children and the elderly and were going to the village to assess the situation there when they were seized.

Nneka Ukachukwu/BBC