Al-Qaida denies kidnapping of aid workers in Algeria

More than a month after the kidnapping of three aid workers — two Spaniards and an Italian — in Algeria, the suspected al-Qaida group in the Islamic Maghreb has released a statement denying its involvement in the incident.

“We deny all responsibility in the kidnapping of Europeans from the camp in Tindouf,” the statement said, according to the Nouakchott Information Agency, a private Mauritanian news agency The Washington Post says has carried several statements from the terrorist group before.

The group said its efforts are focused on the French and the Malians, in revenge for attacks made by the governments of France and Mali against its members.

Spain and Italy declined to comment on the latest statement from the terrorist group.

Three aid workers, identified as Ainhoa Fernandez Rincon, Enrico Gonyans and Rossella Urru, were abducted Oct. 22 from the Rabuni refugee camp in the province of Tindouf in western Algeria. To date, no word of their release have been reported.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.