November 23, 1997 |
Gunmen stormed a boat moored off northern Somalia and kidnapped five aid workers from the United Nations and European Union, officials said Saturday. U.N. officials were negotiating with Somali clan elders for their release. Those taken hostage Friday included Briton Dennis Cassidy, according to his employer, the European Union. With him were two employees of the U.N. Children's Fund, another from U.N. Habitat and one from the U.N. Office for Project Services, a U.N. source said.
March 23, 1996 |
Villagers rescued five kidnapped aid workers in Somalia in a gun battle that left one village boy in a coma, UNICEF workers said Friday. Police took the 10 kidnappers into custody, said Pierce Gerety, the relief agency's Nairobi-based Somalia representative. The five aid workers--one each from the United States, Britain, Nepal, India and Sudan--were abducted Thursday.
March 22, 1996 |
Five U.N. aid workers were kidnapped at a regional airport in Somalia, according to U.N. spokesman Ahmed Fawzi, who declined to release the captives' names. He said four of the captives work for UNICEF and one works for the World Health Organization. Fawzi said the workers are from the United States, Britain, Nepal, India and Sudan. The kidnapping occurred at the air base in Balidogle, southwest of the capital, Mogadishu. U.N.
January 16, 1995 |
A group of foreign staff members of the United Nations mission in Somalia were freed Sunday after negotiations with gunmen who took them hostage Saturday, U.N. sources said. The kidnapers had demanded money that they said they were owed by the United Nations. It was not clear on what grounds they had agreed to free the hostages. Among those held was chief transport officer Ray Botham, who was back at work Sunday, apparently unharmed. Somali sources said five people had been held, but a U.N.
January 13, 1995 |
Nearly a dozen aid agencies suspended non-emergency operations indefinitely in the Somali capital Thursday after kidnapers failed to free a French aid worker held for four weeks. The non-governmental organizations, hanging on in this lawless city devastated by clan warfare, said they closed their doors at sundown until 24-year-old Rudy Marq is freed.
December 19, 1994 |
Gunmen have freed two fish traders from France and Belgium kidnaped Wednesday in northeast Somalia, a U.N. spokesman told reporters Sunday. The two men were identified as Frenchman Maurice Christian and Belgian Walter Kemos. Another Frenchman, 21-year-old Marc Rudy, working with a French humanitarian group, was still being held after being kidnaped Saturday in Mogadishu, reportedly by former employees of the aid group demanding compensation for the loss of their jobs.