Briton seized by Somali gunman is 'well': charity

17th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A British aid worker kidnapped by Somali gunmen is well and "in good spirits", the charity which employs him said Sunday, again urging his safe release.

The unidentified Briton, who also has Zimbabwean nationality, was snatched from a compound in the Adado region near the Ethiopian border on Thursday night.

"We can confirm that he is well," said Anna Ford, a spokeswoman for the charity Save the Children.

"He is being looked after and is in good spirits. We are still extremely concerned about him and call upon whoever is holding him to release him."

The man's Somali aide, Bashir Lugey, who was released unharmed following the kidnapping, has said that local clan elders and officials were working to try to free the man.

Somalia has not had a central authority since plunging into a civil war in 1991 and has since been largely governed by rival armed groups.

Gangs thriving on the lawlessness have often kidnapped foreign aid workers, forcing many humanitarian groups to pull out foreign staff.

The radical Islamic Shebab militia have banned operations of several relief organisations in regions they control.

© 2010 AFP

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