12 deminers kidnapped in southern Senegal

Print
Email
|

Associated Press

Posted on May 4, 2013 at 5:36 PM

ZIGUINCHOR, Senegal (AP) — 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 specializes in demining said that the 12 deminers went missing Friday between noon and 3 p.m. 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."

Print
Email
|