Three Senegal women freed after rebel kidnapping

May 30, 2013 03:58

BISSAU - Three Senegalese women who work for a South African organization that cleared land mines and were kidnapped by separatist rebels in Senegal this month were handed over to authorities in neighboring Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday.

Twelve employees of mining firm Mechem were kidnapped by a faction of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance, which has waged a 31-year struggle for independence in Senegal's southern border with Guinea-Bissau.A Reuters witness said the women were handed over to the government in Bissau by Mao Ku Mao, a local organization that had secured their release.

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