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Somali Gunmen Kidnap Aid Workers in Kenya

Somali gunmen have seized three foreign aid workers in northern Kenya.

The trio was kidnapped early Saturday morning in a raid in the border town of Mandera.

The nationalities of the humanitarian workers and the organizations they work for are not immediately clear.

Two French military advisers were kidnapped in Somalia earlier this week. They are reportedly being held by the Islamist group al-Shabab.

The French Foreign Ministry says the kidnapped men were on an official mission to provide assistance to the Somali government.

It is not clear whether the French nationals were kidnapped for ransom or political reasons.

Somalia is chaotic after 18 years of internal strife, and foreigners are frequent kidnap targets.

Kidnap victims usually are released unharmed, but in many cases only after a ransom is paid.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.