Two Western aid workers kidnapped in Somalia: officials

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Posted: Oct 25, 2011 5:31 PM

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali gunmen kidnapped two aid workers from the United States and Denmark working for Danish Demining Group in northern Somalia on Tuesday, the second capture of aid workers working in the region this month, Somali officials said.

Abdullahi Salad, transport minister in the northern region of Galmudug, told Reuters the two aid workers were taken in the southern part of Galkayo on Tuesday afternoon.

Abshir Diini Awale, minister of the interior and national security in Galmudug, told Reuters one was American and one was Danish. He said both worked for Danish Demining Group (DDG).

He said the aid workers were seized shortly after arriving at Galkayo airport.

"We don't know who kidnapped them but we have alerted our security forces to track down the hostages," he said.

Somali gunmen kidnapped two Spanish aid workers from the Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya earlier this month.

(Reporting by Abdi Sheikh, Sahra Abdi and Mohamed Ahmed, Editing by David Clarke and Louise Ireland)