Spanish, Italian aid workers abducted in Algeria

October 23, 2011 12:48

MADRID - An armed group abducted two Spanish aid workers and an Italian from a Sahrawi refugee camp near Tindouf in western Algeria overnight, diplomatic sources in Spain and Italy said on Sunday.

One of those kidnapped may be injured, another aid worker who was at the Sahrawi camp told Spanish radio.

"The Sahrawi authorities have told us it was AlQaida people, but that's not saying much. It was a commando that was prepared. They were very clear about what they needed to do," Juan Bedialauneta told Cadena Ser radio.

The radio identified the two Spanish workers as Ainhoa Fernandez Rincon and Enrico Gonyans, while the Italian foreign ministry identified its worker as Rossella Urru from the Rome-based Comitato Italiano Sviluppo dei Popoli group.

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