Spanish hostage is wounded

2009-12-30 18:07

Madrid - A Spanish aid group says one of its three workers taken hostage in Mauritania last month by suspected Islamic militants was shot in the leg the day of the kidnapping.

Francesc Osan, head of Barcelona Accion Solidaria, said in a radio interview on Wednesday that the group learned about the worker's injuries from the Spanish government.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday night that hostage Albert Vilalta was injured right when he was kidnapped on November 29 and is receiving medical care. It gave no other details.

The newspaper El Pais quoted Spanish government officials as saying 45-year-old Vilalta suffered three gunshot wounds to the left leg while trying to elude capture.

The kidnapping has been claimed by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

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