BREAKING :Al-Shabaab fighters Release Female Aid Workers on Ransom in Central Somalia

MOGADISHU-Radio Danan-Al-Shabaab fighters, Alqaeda linked group , released female aid workers, who the group hijacked at the border town of Far Libah area in Hiiraan region two months ago, Media reports.

The release of the female aid workers follows after their families paid 13,000 USD each, Somalia’s National News Agency (SONNA) reported citing interviews of the parents of the abducted girls.

“The aid workers, who were three, were abducted by Shabab at Far Libah area in Hiiraan region two months ago.” one of the fathers of the released aid workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of his safety said, “Today I am glad they were released after we have paid 13,000 USD each.”

The aid workers were employees of Hello-Trast, a local aid organization and were undertaking humanitarian operation at Far Libah, when they were hijacked.

In a separate incident, Shabab this week abducted local aid workers at Garas Mooshin village in Bay region, local media reported. However it was not immediately clear the number of the aid workers hijacked.

This is not the first time Al-Shabab abducts local aid workers for ransom. On July, 7 Somali aid workers who were kidnapped by the militant group near the town of Baidoa, were released after ransom was paid.