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Spanish hostage in Africa has gunshot wounds

Spanish hostage in Africa has gunshot wounds

One of three Spanish aid workers taken hostage in Mauritania last month by suspected Islamic militants was shot in the leg the day of the kidnapping, the aid group they work for said Wednesday.
Francesc Osan, head of Barcelona Accion Solidaria, said in a radio interview that the group learned of the injuries from the Spanish government.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday night that hostage Albert Vilalta, a Barcelona businessman who does volunteer work for the group, was injured right when he was kidnapped Nov. 29 and is receiving medical care. The statement gave no other details, and ministry official declined to comment.
The newspaper El Pais quoted Spanish government officials as saying 45-year-old Vilalta suffered three gunshot wounds to the left leg while trying to elude capture.
He and the other two Spaniards taken hostage _ Roque Pascual and Alicia Gamez _ had been traveling at the tail end of a convoy distributing aid to poor villages along the coast of Mauritania when they were abducted by gunmen.
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
the group has also claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of Frenchman Pierre Camatte in Mali on Nov. 25, and two Italians _ Sergio Cicala and his wife Philopene Kabore _ on Dec. 19 in Mauritania.
Osan told the radio station, COPE, that the Spanish government is keeping his organization informed regularly but he does not know what if any kind of contact the government has established with the kidnappers.
"We assume there is some kind of contact to obtain medicine, but we do not know if there are negotiations under way or simply superficial contacts with intermediaries," Osan said.


Updated : 2021-07-27 23:52 GMT+08:00