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Gunmen kidnap foreign workers

July 19, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Somali gunmen kidnapped three foreign aid workers in a raid on a Kenyan border town, rebels and residents said.

Cross-border raids are fairly common in the remote region, but usually involve cattle rustlers or gangs of robbers preying on businesspeople in both countries.

Somalia's militant Shabab group, which denied involvement, vowed to track down the captors who took the three workers from the town of Mandera. Sheik Aden of Shabab said the vehicle with the hostages had escaped and was heading toward Mogadishu.

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