World Bulletin / News Desk
The incident took place in Hujun village on the outskirts of Beledweyne, the capital of Hiran region, while the aid workers were traveling to Beledweyne aboard a pickup truck late Thursday.
Mohamed Ahmed Food-ade, Beledweyne’s district commissioner, confirmed the kidnapping.
Food-ade said the gunmen involved in the kidnapping belonged to the al-Shabaab militant group.
“We can confirm that three Somali Save the children workers and their driver were abducted by al-Shabaab gunmen on Thursday evening and they were transported to Halgan district,” Food-ade said.
“One aid worker escaped; clan elders in the region are now working for the release of the rest of the aid workers from al-Shabaab,” he added.
“The four aid workers are all Somali nationals,” he said.
Nour Hassaney, deputy chief of Beledwayne district police commissioner, also confirmed the incident.
In 2011, al-Shabaab kidnapped two Medecins Sans Frontieres aid workers before Kenyan defense forces working under the African Union mission in Somalia rescued them the same year.