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ARDUF says it is holding the two Germans and Ethiopians

Tigrai Online
Jan. 22 2012

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An Ethiopian rebel group says it has kidnapped two German tourists and two Ethiopians, adding that they are safe, in good health and could be released unharmed.

The four were part of a group of 27 tourists attacked on Tuesday in the remote region of Afar in Ethiopia. Two Germans, two Hungarians and an Austrian were killed in the ambush.

"We can … confirm that those German nationals who were taken together with the Ethiopian soldiers are safe and in good health," the rebel Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front (Arduf) said in a statement dated 21 January.

"We can ensure that their peaceful release will be granted through peaceful negotiation … through the Afar elders in the region."

The group did not disclose where it was holding the four and gave no indication of a ransom or any other conditions for the hostages' release.

Source Guardian