3 women kidnapped in Senegal freed
28 May 2013, 14:11
Ziguinchor - A politician says three of the 12 employees of
a South African bomb disposal company who were kidnapped by rebels in southern
Senegal on May 3 have been released.
Robert Sagna, the ex-mayor of the city of Ziguinchor, who
remains an influential political figure, told The Associated Press the three
women hostages were handed over in the nearby village of Kassolol, and were
being driven to the capital of neighbouring Guinea-Bissau.
They were among a dozen employees working to clear mines for
Denel Mechem, the South African company that began working in the area around
Ziguinchor in July 2012.
Sagna said that negotiations are ongoing for the release of
the nine other captives, who he said are being held by Cesar Atoute Badiate, a
rebel leader with the MFDC.