UPDATE 5-Gunmen kidnap two Spanish aid workers from Kenya camp

Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:25pm GMT

* Victims are Spanish women working for MSF

* Al Shabaab rebels deny involvement

* Famine in Somalia this year has swollen camp's numbers (Adds name of one of hostages from Spanish media)

By Daud Yussuf

GARISSA, Kenya, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Gunmen were on the run with two Spanish aid workers kidnapped on Thursday from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp, after the third abduction of Westerners in Kenya by attackers linked to Somalia in a month.

Kenyan and Somali security forces were hunting for the kidnappers along the border between the two countries, which has been sealed off.

Police said they suspected Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents were behind the kidnapping of the two women who work for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

One of the two women has been named as Montserrat Serra i Ridao, a native of Gerona, northeast Spain, Spanish media reported, citing MSF and Spain foreign ministry sources. The other aid worker is from Madrid, the reports said, but provided no further details.

No one at the Foreign Ministry was immediately available for comment. MSF had declined to disclose the identity of the two women at a news conference in Barcelona earlier on Thursday evening.   Continued...

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