UN aid workers seized in Somalia

10:25, 16 March 2009
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They were on a stopover...

Gunmen in southern Somalia have kidnapped four UN aid workers, three of them foreigners, reports say, according to BBC News.

They are said to have been seized in their car while travelling to the airstrip near Wajid, 340km (210 miles) north-west of the capital Mogadishu.

They were on a stopover between Puntland in northern Somalia and their destination of Kenya, a UN official told AFP news agency.

The nationalities of the three foreign aid workers have not been released.

In Somalia, armed gangs have kidnapped and killed a number of aid workers and journalists.

Somalia has been without a functioning government since 1991. Islamist insurgents are in control of most of the country.

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