Efforts are intensifying to find five Britons kidnapped in Ethiopia. A search is being conducted in the remote Afar region, one of the most hostile environments on earth. The Ethiopian army is involved. The African nation’s government is working with authorities in London as concern mounts for the missing group.
A British Foreign Office spokesman described as “distressing” the discovery of three damaged vehicles near the Eritrean border.
Eyewitnesses have begun to emerge. One man told reporters that he was seized and forced to accompany the kidnap victims for almost 30 kilometres before being released. Unconfirmed reports suggest UK special forces personnel are trying to find the five foreigners, who are all linked to the British Embassy in Addis Ababa.
Former SAS man Robin Horsfall said: “It is going to be extremely difficult to locate and it is very easy for especially indigenous people to hide in this sort of terrain. But it is very hard for them to move, so, once they get the hostages somewhere, they are going to have to keep them there.”
Neighbouring Eritrea denies being behind last Thursday’s ambush. With no sign of the missing Britons or several Ethiopians kidnapped with them, local people are being urged to help the investigation.