A pro-government militia group from Somali announced on Monday that it had rescued four workers that were kidnapped from a Kenya refugee camp last week. The four aid workers were flown to Nairobi Monday afternoon. The Norwegian Refugee Council, where the workers had worked, announced they were relieved and happy that their employees had been freed.
A representative for the militia Ras Kamboni, Abdinasir Serar, said his militia heard on Friday about the Kenya kidnapping and pursued them. The Ras Kamboni fighters reached the kidnappers on Monday about 35 miles from the Kenya border. Ahmed Madobe, the leader of Ras Kamboni said he and his men had killed one kidnapper, but three others escaped. The rescue took place in Alu Galay village.
The rescued workers were transported to Dhobley in Somalia and then flown to Nairobi. Ras Kamboni works together with the government in Somalia and military forces in Kenya. Kenya had sent troops into Somalia in October to hunt militants from al-Shabab.
On Friday, a convoy of two vehicles was attacked by the four gunmen, who killed a driver and wounded two other people. The gunmen took one vehicle and the workers. The vehicle was later abandoned by the group, as they approached the Somali border.
The released hostages are Horat Sadosay, a Canadian citizen, Steven Denis from Canada, Glenn Costes from the Philippines and Astrid Sehl from Norway. The attack took place on a main road on the way to Dadaab.
Following an attack last year on Doctors Without Borders, some aid groups have started using security personnel to escort them while heading toward or in Dadaab, a group of sprawling camps that are connected by long sandy roads.