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Aid workers freed, rebel says

October 04, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Kidnappers released three foreign aid workers they had held in Somalia for more than two months, an Islamic militia commander said.

Hizbul Islam commander Sheik Abdullahi Nor said he saw the three former hostages board a small plane in the southwestern Somali town of Luuq. Intermediaries had contacted Hizbul Islam to ask about using its airstrip in Luuq to fly out the former hostages, Nor said, explaining how he knew about the release.

The three aid workers were kidnapped in July in northern Kenya and taken across the border into Somalia. Nationalities of the aid workers have not been disclosed.

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