British aid worker kidnapped in Somalia freed

Save the Children says that a British aid worker has been released by his kidnappers in Somalia.

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2010, 14:24 PM IST

Nairobi: Save the Children says that a British aid worker has been released by his kidnappers in Somalia.

Anna Ford, a spokeswoman for Save the Children, says the group is cautiously optimistic Frans Barnard will soon be back in Kenya.

Masked gunmen abducted the Briton and a Somali co-worker on Oct 14 from a compound in the town of Adado, near the border with Ethiopia. The Somali was later released.

Ford said on Wednesday that Barnard, who is in his late 40s, was carrying out an assessment of the feasibility of setting up a Save the Children program in the area to feed malnourished children and their families.

Ford credited clan elders with negotiating Barnard`s release.

Bureau Report