Assailants kidnap Red Cross workers in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Unknown assailants kidnapped two aid workers working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Ethiopia, the humanitarian agency and Ireland said on Wednesday.
The Irish government earlier named one of the kidnapped aid workers as Donal O'Suilleabhain and said he and his Ethiopian colleague were abducted on Sept. 18. The ICRC confirmed the other aid worker was Ethiopian but has not provided a name.
The two ICRC staff were kidnapped on Monday while working about 50 kms (31 miles) outside Gode town in Ethiopia's southeastern Ogaden region, Krug Eglin, deputy ICRC head in Ethiopia told Reuters.
He said the agency had established contact with the kidnappers and demanded that they free the aid workers.
"We do not know who they are and have not received any demand for ransom, but we have established contact with the kidnappers and we have demanded their unconditional release," he said, without giving details.
"The two staff members were in the area doing their routine work related to improved access to clean water for the people of the region."
Eglin said the agency was also in touch with the Ethiopian authorities.
A spokesman at Ethiopia's Ministry of Information said the government had launched an investigation.
The rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), a movement of ethnic Somalis fighting for independence, is known to be active in the region.

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