October 23rd, 2011
06:17 AM ET

3 aid workers kidnapped overnight from camp in Algeria

Two Spaniards and an Italian were kidnapped overnight in Algeria from a Western Sahara encampment where they were providing aid, officials said Sunday.

Spain's Foreign Ministry said it has contacted the families of its two nationals, a man and a woman, but declined to provide details about them or the circumstances of the kidnapping.

The Italian Foreign Ministry also confirmed the kidnapping of its national, a woman.

The abductions occurred in the Raguni refugee encampment in the Algerian province of Tinduf, across the border from Western Sahara, a territory in dispute between Morocco and the Polisario Front.

Spanish news reports - citing Spanish aid organization colleagues of the two Spaniards kidnapped - said there apparently were shots fired during the kidnapping and that at least one of the three captives may have been injured.

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  1. RUFFNUTT ( kindergarden teacher )

    looks like the spaniards need to do an inquesition...on what really happen..

    October 23, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      *Nobody* expects the spanish inquisition..

      October 23, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... I'll come in again.

      October 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT ( passanger 51 )

    🙂 ,,, i knew someone would catch on..

    October 23, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Have I told anyone my weewee is receeding into my abdoman? I can fit into my skinny jeans now!

    October 23, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      Why how candid of you, Mr. Phillip. Your weewee is receeding into your abdomen, and your abdomen is receeding into your brain, and now you will fit into anything.

      October 23, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    Were the captives mentally ill? Was someone trying trying to get thier Spanish and Italian Social Security checks? When does the next boat to Monte Carlo leave....we'll investigate. 🙁

    October 23, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT ( passanger 51 )

    did anyone check the boiler room?> was there any buckets also missing?

    October 23, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

      How can you miss a 5 gallon bucket that says: "Save Big at Lee Fongs Lumberyard" on it.

      October 23, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    If this kind of stuff keeps happening, there is going to be a severe shortage of people willing to give aid.

    October 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @Jeff Frank:

    October 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    Pray for Chrissy.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    @banasy and s kel
    Good morning to you.
    Has there been any confirmation about chrissy having a heart attack ?

    October 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    @bobcat2u-Banasy was on the other blog within the past 1/2 hour she is still trying to contact her.

    October 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Thanks Mama
      I just got back on here and trying to get caught up on things.

      October 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT ( elfslayer & CAT HERDER )

    maybe she's on the way to my trailer so we can finally make out in the back of my camaro...
    i'm going up to the carwash just in case..

    October 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©


    October 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    Hope chrissy will be OK. Hope these aid workers will be returned alive & well!

    October 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |