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Spain aid worker hostages freed in Somalia

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Described as “safe and healthy and ready to join their loved ones”, two Spanish aid workers have been freed in Somalia.

Medecins Sans Frontieres confirmed that Montserrat Serra and Blanca Thiebaut have been released two year’s after their capture in Kenya. Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo joined them in expressing his relief. He noted that the captivity had been extraordinarily long. He continued by saying that the government had made their repatriation a priority since taking power, making the news of their release even more sweet.

The two women were abducted from the Dadaab refugee camp in October 2011 by gunmen who shot at their vehicle. Kenya accused the al-Qaeda aligned al-Shabab group of being responsible and sent troops to Somalia to pursue them.

Details have yet to emerge of how the pair were released.