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KDF frees aid workers held captive in Somalia

According to the Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Colonel Willy Wesonga, Daniel Njuguna and James Kiarie were working with an aid organisation near the Kenya-Somali border at the time of their abduction/FILE

According to the Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Colonel Willy Wesonga, Daniel Njuguna and James Kiarie were working with an aid organisation near the Kenya-Somali border at the time of their abduction/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – Two aid workers have been rescued by Kenyan troops in Somalia following their 2011 kidnapping by Al Shabaab militia.

According to the Kenya Defence Forces spokesman Colonel Willy Wesonga, Daniel Njuguna and James Kiarie were working with an aid organisation near the Kenya-Somali border at the time of their abduction.

“The two aid workers were working near the border when they were kidnapped. Our soldiers working in Sector Two managed to rescue them last evening and they were airlifted to Dhobley,” he stated.

Wesonga told Capital FM News that the two are now at a hospital in Somalia town where they are being observed and receiving treatment.

He says following this, they will be transported back to Kenya to be reunited with their families.

A coordinated military operation began on October 2011, when troops from Kenya crossed the border into the conflict zones of southern Somalia.

The soldiers were in pursuit of Al Shabaab militants that are responsible for kidnapping several foreign tourists and aid workers inside Kenya.

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