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Briton Kidnapped in Somalia Reported to Be Well

Briton Kidnapped in Somalia Reported to Be Well

A British aid worker kidnapped by gunmen in Somalia is reported to be alive and well.

"Save the Children," the charity that employs the aid worker, said in a statement Sunday that the man is "being looked after and is in good spirits."

Spokeswoman Anna Ford said the group is still extremely concerned about the worker, and called upon his kidnappers to set him free.

The British man and a Somali working for the same charity were abducted Thursday from a guesthouse in Adado, near the Somali-Ethiopian border. The Somali man was later released.

"Save the Children" said the workers were looking into setting up a program to help sick and malnourished children in Adado.

Most aid agencies have pulled their foreign staff out of Somalia because of frequent kidnappings and a general lack of security.

Pirates operate freely on the country's eastern coast, and Islamist insurgents fight almost daily battles against pro-government forces in the capital, Mogadishu.

The Horn of Africa country has not had a stable central government for nearly two decades.

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