SOMALIA: Deputy prime minister comments on how security forces rescued four aid workers
By; Abdalle Ahmed
Mogadishu (RBC) Somalia’s deputy Prime Minister Abduwahab Ugaas Khalif has told the local media that Somali government is pleased to declare that four forekfn aid workers abducted from Dhadhab refugee camps on Friday were rescued during a successful operation on Monday morning, RBC Radio reports.
“We are very pleased that the national army of Somalia with the help of our citizens managed to free four aid workers from their abductors. The operation occurred between Dhoobley and Taabto about 7.00Am local time.” Abduwahab Ugaas Khalif told the reporters in his office in Mogadishu late on Monday.
The deputy Prime Minister also mentioned that the freed aid workers including two Canadians, a Norwegian, a Pakistani and a Philippines along with two Somalis were now been flown to Nairobi.
“This is not only a successful operation but also clearly shows that any abductors will not be left to remain in Somalia.” He added. “I call the aid workers not to be disappointed from helping Somali people in the time of need.”
Mr Khalif blamed the Al Shabaab rebels were responsible for the abduction of the aid workers who were working for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) but Al Shabaab has not publicly claimed the abduction.
Somali military official in Lower Jubba region told RBC Radio that they have arrested two abductors during the morning operation.
Early of today a press statement from NRC said that four of their international staffs were released during a military operation in Somalia and that they were in safe place.