, NAIROBI, Jul 18 – Two Spanish aid workers kidnapped almost two years ago in Kenya and then held in Somalia have been freed, their employer Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday.
Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut, who were abducted from the Dadaab refugee complex near the border with Somalia in October 2011, are both “safe and healthy”, MSF said.
“Both are safe and healthy and keen to join their loved ones as soon as possible,” the medical charity said, without disclosing when they were released or how.
MSF said it would give no further details before a press conference scheduled in Madrid on Friday.
Serra and Thiebaut, both logisticians, were seized by armed men in the Ifo camp in Dadaab and driven across the border.
Kenyan police said they had been kidnapped by members of Somalia’s Islamist Shabaab group.
Their abduction followed the kidnapping of a French woman and a British woman from the Kenyan coast near the Somali border.
Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee complex, is home to some 450,000 refugees, most of whom have come from Somalia, fleeing drought and war.