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Female aid workers freed in Somalia

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Three humanitarian aid workers were freed by Al-Shabaab in Somalia yesterday, the local Garowe news site reported.

The aid workers were kidnapped by the armed group in July in Far-Libah area, whilst working for the charity Hello Trust. A parent of one of the aid workers said on the condition of anonymity that Al-Shabaab demanded a ransom of $13,000 each from the families.

No other information is known currently about the aid workers.

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Al-Shabaab recently released seven aid workers in Somalia in return for a ransom payment made in weapons. The armed group is open to negotiations and ransom taking.

Al-Shabaab seeks to fight government forces and implement a strict version of Islamic law across Somalia. The group is affiliated with Al-Qaeda and has attracted greater security in the region from the African Union.