Four European employees kidnapped in Dadaab
According to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), there had been a violent incident in the refugee camp Dadaab in the borderlands of Kenya and Somalia. Three employees have been injured and four are missing.
At 11:30 am on Friday, a NRC convoy was attacked on its way to the camp. NRC’s Secretary General Elisabeth Rasmusson and Country Director Hassan Khaire were both in that convoy but are unurt. They were visiting the camp in order to get an overview of NRC’s activities in the world’s largest refugee camps. Meanwhile, it has grown to 463.000 refugees.
In a news release, NRC stated:
We are deeply concerned about the welfare of our missing colleagues. We have notified their families and we are in close contact with relevant authorities in Kenya and internationally. We also hope for the speedy recovery of our injured colleagues, says Rolf Vestvik, Director Advocacy and Information at NRC.
Meanwhile the region’s deputy police officer said the nationalities of the four kidnapped workers could not be confirmed. Besides that he suspects that the attack could have been carried out by al-Shabaab fighters. But this is also not yet confirmed and it remains to be seen how the situation will develop.
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