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Two Save the Children workers, driver 'kidnapped in Somalia'

A Save the Children aid worker administering aid to a Somali child [Save the Children]

Date of publication: 23 February, 2017

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Two aid workers, working against child malnutrition, were reported missing on Tuesday in an area patrolled by al-Shabaab - the Islamist militant group with links to Islamic State.
Two Save the Children aid workers and their driver were kidnapped near the town of Beled Weyne in Somalia on Thursday.

It is understood the workers had been delivering packages of 'Plumpy'nut' malnutrition treatments to people suffering from the effects of a local drought.

"The two staff were taken whilst working at an outpatient therapeutic centre in the Hiran region of South Central Somalia," Save the Children said in a statement.

"Save the Children is concerned for their wellbeing and asks for the immediate return of these very committed humanitarian workers who provide lifesaving help for children suffering from malnutrition."

It is not known who carried out the kidnapping at this time.

Al-Shabaab, the armed Islamist group with links to Islamic State, are known to be active in the area, having bombed a roadside checkpoint in the area on February 17.

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