12 deminers kidnapped in Senegal

2013-05-05 10:14


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Ziguinchor - An official says that 12 Senegalese employees of a South African demining company are missing in southern Senegal and are believed to have been kidnapped by a rebel group active in the country's Casamance province.

Fred Weyers, the local director of Mechem, a Pretoria-based company that specialises in demining said that the 12 deminers went missing on Friday between noon and 15:00 and are believed to have been taken by rebels belonging to the MFDC rebel group, which has been fighting a low-level rebellion in the area for over a decade.

Weyers said: "I confirm that the 12 deminers we sent yesterday in the zone of Nyassia were abducted by combatants from the MFDC. They went to lay the groundwork for a demining operation."

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